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Play against DeepMind AI in StarCraft II for a limited time

Think you're good? Why not battle a proper AI in StarCraft II then?

By Anthony Garreffa | Jul 11, 2019 08:10 pm CDT

If you thought some of the serious StarCraft II players were hard then you ain't seen nothing yet as Alphabet Inc. (the parent company of Google) have opened up their DeepMind Alphastar AI into StarCraft II for a limited time.

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In a blog post the company explains: "Experimental versions of DeepMind's StarCraft II agent, AlphaStar, will soon play a small number of games on the competitive ladder in Europe as part of ongoing research into AI. If you would like the chance to help DeepMind with its research by matching against AlphaStar, you can opt in by clicking the "opt-in" button on the in-game popup window. You can alter your opt-in selection at any time by using the "DeepMind opt-in" button on the 1v1 Versus menu".

You won't know if you're playing against the DeepMind Alphastar AI or not, as it's purely there to see how players react to the AI (and whether or not they even know they're playing against it). If players knew they were playing against an AI they would play differently, this way the results will stay unaffected.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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