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July 18, 2018

OpenAI Five Benchmark

The OpenAI Five Benchmark match is now over!

Person with headphones on, focused on playing Dota on a screen in front of them

We’ve removed the most significant restrictions on OpenAI Five’s gameplay—namely, wards, Roshan, and mirror match of fixed heroes, and will soon benchmark our progress by playing 99.95th-percentile Dota players. The OpenAI Five Benchmark match will be held 12:30pm Pacific Time on August 5 in San Francisco. The human team will include Blitz(opens in a new window)Cap(opens in a new window)Fogged(opens in a new window), and Merlini(opens in a new window), some of whom are former professionals. The games will be streamed on our Twitch(opens in a new window) channel and casted(opens in a new window) by popular casters Purge(opens in a new window) and ODPixel(opens in a new window).

Last year our preliminary Dota system defeated the world’s top professionals at the 1v1 version of Dota; last month OpenAI Five started defeating amateur teams at the full game of Dota (with some restrictions). This event will show whether we have any hope of reaching the level of top professionals by The International(opens in a new window) at the end of August.

We’ll kick off the OpenAI Five Benchmark with some warmup games against audience members; please let us know on the invite request(opens in a new window) form if you’d like to volunteer.

Game rules

Because our training system Rapid is very general, we were able to teach OpenAI Five many complex skills since June simply by integrating new features and randomizations. Many people pointed out that wards and Roshan were particularly important to include—and now we’ve done so. We’ve also increased the hero pool to 18 heroes. Many commenters thought these improvements would take(opens in a new window) another(opens in a new window) year(opens in a new window). We’ll see how well these new game mechanics work on August 5th!

An aerial view of Rosh4 Healthbars

The latest version of OpenAI Five taking Roshan.

We will play with the following restrictions (the crossed out restrictions are those lifted since the original OpenAI Five blog post), which correspond to the last bits of the game we haven’t integrated:

We’ve increased the reaction time of OpenAI Five from 80ms to 200ms. This reaction time is much closer to human level, though we haven’t seen evidence of changes in gameplay as OpenAI Five’s strength comes more from teamwork and coordination than reflexes.

Event schedule

The final date for the match is August 5, and will run as follows:

  • 12pm PT: doors open

  • 12:30pm PT: livestream begins with “for fun” audience games

  • 1:15pm PT: main event begins: intro and best-of-three versus 99.95th percentile Dota players

Want to attend in person?

If you’d like to attend the match in person in San Francisco, please request an invite(opens in a new window) by Friday July 20 at 11:59p PT; invites will be sent by the end of Monday July 23. Our venue is limited to 300 attendees, so we’ll be selecting invitees based on their answers to the request form. If you’ve already requested an invite, you’ll receive an email linking to this form as well.