The defending The International DOTA 2 champions OG faced off against an OpenAI bot – and there’s a documentary about it too, titled Artificial Gamer. Dota 2’s perennial social media reporter, Wykrhm Reddy, announced the documentary on his official account earlier this week with a teaser trailer, which you may view below:
Defending World Champions @OGesports will also face off against @beastcoast prior to the premiere in a showmatch. Hosted by @CapCasts & @sumichu, commentated by @ODPixel & @LacosteDota. The film's director Chad Herschberger will be there to share his thoughts. Do not miss.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) September 17, 2021
In addition to the documentary premiere itself, Beyond The Summit, one of Dota 2’s most prolific event and tournament organizers, will be holding a showmatch between defending champions OG (some of which are two-time champions already) and Beastcoast (who are representing the South American region at The International 10 this year) before the premiere. Both may be viewed on the official Beyond the Summit Twitch channel. The event will also be hosted by Austin “Capitalist” Walsh and Kasumi “sumichu” Yogi, while Owen “ODPixel” Davies and Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić will be commentating on the show match. Additionally, the documentary’s director, Chad Herschberger, will be at the event as a guest as well.
OpenAI was first unveiled back in The International 7, where it played a 1 versus 1 all-mid match-up on Shadow Fiend against one of Dota 2’s most recognizable players – Danil “Dendi” Ishutin. He lost both games to the OpenAI bot. At The International 8, a year later, a full team of five OpenAI bots faced off in a best-of-three against OG, where they also handily won the series 2-0.
It will be interesting to see the inner workings behind the artificial intelligence that is able to run so many simulations and apply them into one of the most complex competitive games we currently have – especially in a team-oriented environment where each AI will have to coordinate with its teammates. It’s also a good prelude to help build up excitement for the competition that boasts the largest prize pool in esports, the upcoming The International Dota 2 Championships that will take place this October.
For more on OpenAI, and to check out the other players the bot has come up against over the years, you can check out their official YouTube Channel. In other Dota 2 news, Valve has recently released The International Compendium – check out this article here for more details.