DeepMind and Blizzard Entertainment will present a StarCraft II live-stream demonstration on Thursday, Jan 24. The London-based Alphabet company known for taking down the world’s top Go master in 2017 tweeted the announcement yesterday.
StarCraft is a classic 1v1 competitive video game series that has been ranked among the top PC games. StarCraft II emerged as a popular AI testing environment when Blizzard entered into partnership with DeepMind in 2016, enabling a variety of machine learning experimentations in the challenging game environment.
DeepMind researchers believe games are an ideal environment for developing and testing AI agents quickly and efficiently: “Testing our agents in games that are not specifically designed for AI research, and where humans play well, is crucial to benchmark agent performance.”
Tweeted DeepMind Research Scientist Oriol Vinyals: “StarCraft II is such an incredible AI research platform and a natural progression from DeepMind’s work on Atari and Go.”
Thursday’s demonstration is scheduled for 18h00 UTC and is expected to draw viewers both from the AI and gaming communities.
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Journalist: Fangyu Cai | Editor: Michael Sarazen