Latest DeepMind StarCraft II AI play demo prepares to stream on Twitch


The latest demo of DeepMind’s AI bots’ ability to play StarCraft II will soon be streamed live on Twitch.

Blizzard announced: “This Thursday 6-8pm GMT we’ll be hosting a livestream with DeepMind, where they’ll provide an update on their research in StarCraft II.” The livestream will be viewable via the Star Craft Twitch channel and DeepMind’s YouTube page.

DeepMind – the pioneering AI company founded by Demis Hassabis of Bullfrog, Lionhead and Elixir Studios fame, which was famously purchased by Google for £400 million in 2014 – is acknowledged to be at the forefront of creating AI bots that are sufficiently intelligent to learn and play board games and video games.

The company’s AlphaZero AI became the first AI to teach itself chess, shogi and Go, beating Go world champion Lee Sedol in 2016.

Now, DeepMind is concentrating on StarCraft II as the most useful test-bed for its AI. DeepMind says: “Over the past 15 years, StarCraft, considered to be one of the most challenging Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games and one of the longest-played eSports of all time, has emerged by consensus of the community as a “grand challenge” for AI research and the environment of choice to benchmark progress.”

In 2017, DeepMind and Blizzard released an open-source set of AI research tools called PySC2 to AI and machine-learning researchers. Thursday’s livestream will showcase the latest results from that initiative. If you wish to learn more about how StarCraft II is helping to push back the boundaries of AI and machine-learning, keep an eye on DeepMind’s website.