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Google's DeepMind AI Takes on Popular Video Game Starcraft

  • Starcraft’s complexity has long fascinated AI researchers
  • Tie up with Activision Blizzard will turn game into AI testbed
StarCraft II

StarCraft II

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Google’s DeepMind AI unit, which earlier this year achieved a breakthrough in computer intelligence by creating software that beat the world’s best human player at the strategy game Go, is turning its attention to the sci-fi video game Starcraft II.

The company said it had reached a deal with Blizzard Entertainment Inc., the Irvine, California-based division of Activision Blizzard, which makes the Starcraft game series, to create an interface to let artificial intelligence researchers connect machine-learning software to the game.