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OpenAI beats Dota 2 pros; Elon Musk warns AI risk scarier than N Korea




The AI research unit OpenAI has developed an AI capable of beating the world’s best Dota 2 players, prompting Elon Musk to send out a warning that we should be more frightened of AI than North Korea.

Elon Musk is one smart cookie, so when he says something, I tend to believe him, and over the weekend, the Tesla and SpaceX owner, told the world, via Twitter, that we should be more concerned about Artificial Intelligence (AI) safety, than any threat from North Korea.

Musk made the claim, after the non-profit AI research outfit he backs, OpenAI, created a bot that took the world’s best Dota 2 players to the cleaners at the recent Dota 2 The International World Championships.

Amongst those beaten by the OpenAI bot were the top pro gamer Danylo Ashutin, and Musk’s reaction was as morose as you can get, sending out a tweet of a photo of a concerned woman with the words, In The End, The Machines Will Win (the photo was an old Australian government anti-pokie campaign photo).

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But it’s not all doom and gloom.

The pro players who faced the bot said they learned a lot and would like to use the bot as a future training tool. Co-founder and CTO of OpenAI, Greg Brockman, said the bot improves by continually playing against a copy of itself.

The next stage is for the OpenAI team to create a five AI bot Dota 2 team to take on the world’s best Dota 2 teams. Beyond that, Brockman foresees a future where humans and AI compete together in professional competition.OpenAI beats Dota 2 pros; Elon Musk warns AI risk scarier than N Korea

It maybe the first time that an AI has defeated an esports pro, but it’s not the first time an AI has beaten the very best in a complicated game. In the mid-90s, IBM’s chess AI, Deep Blue, beat the world champion, Garry Kasparov. Today, Kasparov is one of the men pushing for competitive AI/human teams in chess.

In May, Google’s AI AlphaGo beat the one of South Korea’s top Go players, Ke Jie. Jie later told the press that he was able to improve his game by learning from the AI.


And at the turn of the year, Carnegie Mellon University’s AI Libratus beat four of the world’s top poker players in Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em. I do not doubt that in the future we will see teams of AI/humans competing together in both online and live formats of the game.

During Raising for Effective Giving’s (REG) recent H1-2017 earnings report, close to $90,000 of the $700,000 raised by poker players were donated to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), a non-profit organisation that researches safety issues related to advancements in AI.

Team Liquid Wins The International

And talking about The International, Team Liquid was crowned the new World Champions, after a clean sweep (3-0) against Newbee in the final.

The European based esports team picked up a cheque for $10,806,301, the largest in esports history. The total prize pool was $24 million, another world record, thanks to the Dota 2 fans who purchase in-play items with a percentage going towards the record prize pool.


Final Standings

1. Team Liquid – $10,862,6822
2. Newbee – $3,950,066
3. LGD.Forever Young – $2,592,231
4. LGD Gaming – $1,728,154







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Digicode Appoints Itai Zak as Executive Director for iGaming Division





Digicode, a leading provider of innovative software solutions, has appointed Itai Zak as Executive Director for the iGaming division. In this role, Itai will drive the growth and strategic direction.

With over 15 years of experience in the iGaming industry, Zak brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Digicode. He has a proven track record of successfully leading and scaling businesses in the online gaming sector, gaining experience as the CEO of SBTech, GoWild Gaming, and Spiral Solutions.

Under Itai’s visionary leadership, GoWild Casino not only seamlessly transitioned to a state-of-the-art iGaming platform but also achieved an astounding 450% increase in profitability, driven by Itai’s strategic expansion into new markets and his ability to build and lead a formidable team of over 300 professionals.

At SBTech, Itai was instrumental in redefining the company’s sales, marketing, and business development approach, transforming SBTech into a leading provider of turnkey sports betting and iGaming solutions. His efforts have helped grow the company from 60 to over 600 employees across multiple global locations, with significant year-on-year growth in net profit.


Itai’s appointment is a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation, excellence, and strategic growth within the iGaming sector. His proven track record in navigating complex regulatory environments, coupled with his forward-thinking approach to product and market strategy, positions Digicode for exciting advancements in its iGaming offerings.

“We are thrilled to have Itai Zak join our team. His deep understanding of the iGaming landscape and leadership skills will be invaluable as we continue to innovate and expand our foothold in this dynamic industry. Also, Itai’s proven track record in navigating complex regulatory environments, coupled with his forward-thinking approach to product and market strategy, positions Digicode for exciting advancements in its iGaming offerings,” Max Maslii, President and global CEO at Digicode, said.

In his new role, Zak will develop and execute Digicode’s iGaming strategy, focusing on driving revenue and growth. He will work closely with the product development and sales teams to deliver cutting-edge solutions tailored to the unique needs of iGaming operators.

“I am excited to join Digicode and lead their iGaming division. Digicode has a proven track record of delivering innovative software solutions, and I am eager to contribute to their continued success in the iGaming market,” Itai Zak said.

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Pragmatic Play Goes Live with City Center Online in Argentina





Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is enhancing its standing in Argentina and is now live with City Center Online.

Taking its leading Slots portfolio to the online casino, City Center Online’s players are now set to benefit from leading titles, including award-winning hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus as well as more recent releases from Pragmatic Play’s ever-expanding portfolio such as Pub Kings and Mustang Trail.

This latest agreement follows a series of partnerships that Pragmatic Play has struck across the regulated LatAm markets, combined with several regional industry awards, further cements its position as the leading supplier in Latin America.

Victor Arias, VP of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “We are delighted to announce Pragmatic Play’s agreement with City Center Online as the brand continues its upward trajectory and supply even more LatAm operators with its acclaimed, industry-leading titles.


“With Pragmatic Play’s renowned slot library now live on the platform, we are confident they will be a hit with City Center Online’s players, and we look forward to see its content provision expanding even more in the near future.”

Samanta Zio, Online Gaming Manager at City Center Online, said: “The quality and brand recognition that is brought on by Pragmatic Play games cannot be understated and we are delighted to now offer its portfolio to our players.

“Underpinning our commitment to providing premium gaming experiences to audiences in Argentina, we are confident this partnership is a momentous win for City Center Online.”

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Pragmatic Play Adds TriunfoBet to Growing List of Latin American Partners





Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, will soon bring its dynamic multi-product portfolio to more customers with Venezuelan operator TriunfoBet, encompassing its Slots, Live Casino, and Virtual Sports offering as part of the deal.

The supplier has continued to build on its impressive Live Casino offering with the launch of Treasure Island. The action-packed gameshow follows in the footsteps of similar hit titles such as Sweet Bonanza Candyland and Snakes & Ladders Live which are also fan favorites across LatAm.

In addition, casino classics such as Roulette and Blackjack will be brought to an even wider audience in the region thanks to this latest tie-up.

Pragmatic Play’s renowned Slot portfolio will promptly be available for TriunfoBet players to enjoy including new titles such as Gates of Olympus 1000 in addition to Christmas-themed versions of its player-favourite franchises including Big Bass Christmas Bash and Sugar Rush Xmas.


Rounding off the collection is Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports which delivers cutting-edge 3D renderings of popular sports betting markets that match real-life equivalents across horse and greyhound racing, football, and motorsport.

The new agreement with TriunfoBet further boosts Pragmatic Play’s profile across the LatAm market as it cements itself as the industry-leading supplier in the region.

Victor Arias, VP of LatAm Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Pragmatic Play’s content has become a household name in LatAm, and we are confident that TriunfoBet will achieve similar levels of success as other partners. The LatAm market continues to be a key area of expansion for Pragmatic Play, as evidenced by the consistent stream of new partnerships launched each month. TriunfoBet is the perfect addition to Pragmatic Play’s growing portfolio of partners in this region.”

Luis Lizarazo, CEO of TriunfoBet, said: “We strive to provide our players with an exceptional experience on our platform, and our latest partnership with Pragmatic Play allows us to significantly enhance our offering with their extensive range of products. Pragmatic Play’s remarkable growth in Latin America has been truly impressive, and we are thrilled to be among their latest partners. We are confident that their Slots, Live Casino, and Virtual Sports will be met with the same resounding success they have garnered worldwide.”

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