AlphaStar is Designed by Google’s DeepMind and Kicks Ass at StarCraft 2

You may remember AlphaStar’s foray into the public eye with it’s complete domination of StarCraft 2 in January. It now seems the Artificial Intelligence is ready to make another go of obliterating all the fools who get in its way. As part of the ongoing research into artificial intelligence, AlphaStar is soon going to be active in a small number of games on the European competitive ladder.

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The AI is going to play under an anonymous name so that human players don’t know if they’re against a robot. The wins and losses players experience while facing off against AlphaStar still count towards their standings the same as if it were a human. Thankfully, players will have to opt into playing against the AI.

However, in a bid to create a more even playing field, AlphaStar is going to have tighter restrictions on actions per minute. Furthermore, it will only be able to perceive the map using a camera-like perspective.

Speaking about the Artifical Intellgience, Blizzard says “Having AlphaStar play anonymously helps ensure that it is a controlled test so that the experimental versions of the agent experience gameplay as close to a normal 1v1 ladder match as possible.”

Blizzard continues, “It also helps ensure all games are played under the same conditions from match to match. DeepMind will release the research results in a peer-reviewed scientific paper along with replays of AlphaStar’s matches.”


The exact start date and the number of games AlphaStar is participating in is purposely not public knowledge.

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