OpenAI bot is first ever to defeat world's best Dota players

Elon Musk-backed startup OpenAI, whose goal is to build safe artificial intelligence, demonstrated its artificial intelligence capabilities during Valve's yearly Dota 2 tournament. Armed with no knowledge to begin with, the bot reached the performance of a pro in just two weeks of real-time learning.

The very complicated game has a large competitive scene with many professional players from all around the world confronting each other to measure their skills. And in this year's Dota 2 tournament the Elon Musk-backed startup bot was introduced during a surprise segment. Dota 2 pro player Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin lost a game while playing a live 1-vs-1 match with the bot. In total the bot won two matches, as Dendi decided to forfeit the rest. He was surprised to learn that a bot could outplay a human. He declared to the press that the bot "feels a little human, but a little like something else".


OpenAI is a non-profit AI research company, discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence.

The bot demonstration game-play was highly limited to only a few variables but the result was impressive none the less, as it managed to show the world that one day OpenAI could beat any pro human players in games as complex as Dota 2. The OpenAI nonprofit venture was founded by Elon Musk who expressed his deep concern about AI destroying the world for years. His purpose is to prevent this from happening by designing a clear set of rules that AI should follow.