My brother, some time ago when someone was showing off an AI with 20k APM or so, micro-managing zerglings to avoid siege-tank splash damage against a pro player said that watching two of these AIs would be awesome, and might be the future for esport.
Even now, this sort of thing seems to be most interesting in that Paul Bunyan-esque struggle for relevance of human labor way.
You’re never cutting to the shot of the crying parent, who is so proud of their child. Gone would be the very human stories of a family being doubtful, discouraging of a pro because they didn’t think games were a thing. They can’t be a career. Nor that of the supportive family, or the kid who used games to escape, who now found themselves on the world stage, with thousands of screaming fans.
It continues to amaze me that people doubt what AI is capable of at this point. It’s… almost funny hearing people talk about a simplified game of dota, without team communication/planning, and that it’d take more than one AI to control all 5 units, manage economy, communicate instantly, if not just hyper effectively, if needed, and they aren’t just watching the map, with one-frame snapshots of every piece of vision the team has. Gross is a good word to describe how one-sided a full blown game of DotA against pros would look.
As a curiosity, sure. As… a replacement for players? Nah. Not yet. Give those AIs aspirations, shortcomings, flaws, drive, rivalries, we’ll talk again.