Elon Musk’s OpenAI Destroys World’s Best ‘Dota 2’ Players

Today Dota, tomorrow the world


By Cheryl Tan

During Valve’s yearly Dota 2 tournament, a surprise segment introduced a bot from Elon Musk-backed startup OpenAI and could potentially become the best Dota 2 player in the world.

Engineers from the nonprofit say the bot learned enough to beat Dota 2 pros in just two weeks of real-time learning, like how it defeated crowd-favourite Dota 2 pro Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin in a live 1-vs-1 match with it. After being defeated by the bot twice, Dendi forfeited future matches with it, and expressed surprise that a bot could outplay a human. He said the bot “feels a little like [a] human, but a little like something else.”

Ironically, Elon Musk founded OpenAI as a nonprofit venture to prevent AI from destroying the world — something that Musk has been going on about for years. Well at least we don’t have to worry about this AI for now since it seems limited to showing off parlour tricks at e-sports tournaments. The final plan for OpenAI is to extend its Dota 2 bot’s capabilities into something that can compete across the full game in a 5-vs-5 match by next year’s tournament.