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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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Andrés Tamayo

Pragmatic Play Enhances FullReto Partnership with Virtual Sports Addition





Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, has reinforced its commitment to Latin American expansion by strengthening its existing relationship with Colombian operator FullReto.

The latest agreement will see FullReto offer its players a broad selection of Pragmatic Play’s unique Virtual Sports titles, building on an already extensive offering of over 300 Slots and Live Casino games.

Fantastic League, Greyhound Racing, and the thrilling motor racing-themed Force 1 are among the games now available to FullReto customers as the operator looks to capitalise on the rapidly increasing popularity of Virtual Sports to consolidate its position as a leading platform in Colombia.

The multi-product partnership reaffirms Pragmatic Play’s intentions to expand its offering in the LatAm markets, with FullReto now offering a vast catalogue of Pragmatic’s award-winning games across three verticals.


Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Pragmatic Play is delighted to reinforce its partnership with FullReto by providing its players with access to its renowned Virtual Sports games. The deal not only emphasises Pragmatic Play’s desire to provide Colombian players with an exciting online gaming experience, but also demonstrates the supplier’s dedication to furthering its Latin American expansion.”

Andrés Tamayo, General Manager at FullReto, said: “FullReto’s continued collaboration with Pragmatic Play highlights our main objective of supplying the optimal player experience. The addition of Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports offering, on top of its Slots and Live Casino games, will ensure FullReto players have access to hundreds of fan-favourite games across a variety of verticals.”

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Alonso Huiman

Pragmatic Play Launches Live Casino Offer at Atlantic City





Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, has expanded its Live Casino footprint across Peru after going live with major local operator, Atlantic City.

The partnership sees Pragmatic Play’s full Live Casino portfolio integrated with the operator, enabling players in Peru to enjoy market-leading titles such as Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat from the supplier’s award-winning portfolio.

This latest agreement showcases Pragmatic Play’s plans for growth in LatAm, exhibiting an array of its verticals across multiple territories in recent months. It is the latest deal signed by Pragmatic Play with a Peruvian operator, following a comprehensive growth strategy in the country.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Atlantic City is one of Peru’s most reputable operators and offers another opportunity to showcase the Pragmatic Play Live Casino portfolio in Peru. With an offering that will deliver exceptional gaming experiences to players, this partnership promises to cement Pragmatic Play’s position at the forefront of the Peruvian iGaming industry.”


Alonso Huiman, Chief of Online Casino at Atlantic City, said: “This landmark agreement with Pragmatic Play is a pivotal moment for us. Its vast selection of table and card games will resonate seamlessly with our player base and we are confident that this will propel our brand to new heights.”

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CGS Santiago

Pragmatic Play to Participate in CGS Santiago





Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, is set to participate in CGS Santiago this month, as the provider seeks further inroads across the continent.

The provider is also the standalone Diamond Sponsor at the event, which takes place at Espacio Riesco in the country’s capital, Santiago, on May 29 and 30.

Pragmatic Play is set to attend the event as a renowned actor in the market, for its multi-product offering, comprising Slots, Live Casino content, Virtual Sports, Sportsbook, and Bingo, including fan-favorite titles Gates of Olympus and the popular Blackjack X.

With expo season now in full swing, CGS Santiago marks another conference in the region for the supplier, following its presence at BiS – SiGMA Americas in Brazil, GAT Expo in Colombia, and SBC Summit Rio earlier this year.


Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Latin America remains a key focus for Pragmatic Play as it gears up to make meaningful connections in Chile, a region full of potential as the iGaming industry continues to evolve in this part of the world. Pragmatic Play is also proud to be a Diamond Sponsor at this year’s expo, showcasing the importance that CGS Santiago represents and the immense opportunities that the two-day event has on offer.”

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