In a shock move on Friday evening, the software agent squared up to top Dota 2 pro gamer Dendi, a Ukrainian 27-year-old, at the Dota 2 world championships dubbed The International.
The OpenAI agent beat Dendi in less than 10 minutes in the first round, and trounced him again in a second round, securing victory in a best-of-three match. “This guy is scary,” a shocked Dendi told the huge crowd watching the battle at the event. Musk was jubilant.
According to OpenAI, its machine-learning bot was also able to pwn two other top human players earlier this week: SumaiL and Arteezy. Although it’s an impressive breakthrough, it’s important to note this popular strategy game is usually played not one-v-one but as a five-versus-five team game – a rather difficult environment for bots to handle.