The Dota 2 Bot Competition

03/04/2021
by   Jose M. Font, et al.
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Multiplayer Online Battle Area (MOBA) games are a recent huge success both in the video game industry and the international eSports scene. These games encourage team coordination and cooperation, short and long-term planning, within a real-time combined action and strategy gameplay. Artificial Intelligence and Computational Intelligence in Games research competitions offer a wide variety of challenges regarding the study and application of AI techniques to different game genres. These events are widely accepted by the AI/CI community as a sort of AI benchmarking that strongly influences many other research areas in the field. This paper presents and describes in detail the Dota 2 Bot competition and the Dota 2 AI framework that supports it. This challenge aims to join both, MOBAs and AI/CI game competitions, inviting participants to submit AI controllers for the successful MOBA Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) to play in 1v1 matches, which aims for fostering research on AI techniques for real-time games. The Dota 2 AI framework makes use of the actual Dota 2 game modding capabilities to enable to connect external AI controllers to actual Dota 2 game matches using the original Free-to-Play game.se of the actual Dota 2 game modding capabilities to enable to connect external AI controllers to actual Dota 2 game matches using the original Free-to-Play game.

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