DeveloperCreated Monday, October 3rd 2016 @ 18:35:46
It's been awfully quiet from our side for a while now. There haven't been much improvements to the website, nor have we announced a new competition for a while. As such I want to take the time to let you all know what we've been up to and what's in store for The AI Games.
Those of you who've been playing our competitions from the start might remember that The AI Games started out as a fun side project of the development team at a certain Dutch IT recruitment company. We had a poker competition and the first Warlight AI Challenge running, in both of which several dozens of players were participating. Over time we have been adding more competitions and each competition brought more players to the website.
About a year ago we felt that we were reaching the limits of what the current back end architecture was able to support; it took (and still takes) far too long for the game queue to empty and it can sometimes take hours before your own bot plays a game. At this point we had to make a choice: we could either keep working on The AI Games as the side project it was or give the platform the time and attention it deserves. The result: we set up our own company called Riddles.io and the recruitment company lost its dev team.
We decided we'd rebuild The AI Games from scratch in a way that is performant, scalable, and would allow anyone to set up their own programming competition in the future. This is what we've been doing since Januari. We've been experimenting a lot and we've slowly but steadily been building towards the platform that will replace the current implementation The AI Games. During this process we've also kept a close look on the issues you all raised, fixed most of the problems and added several requested features to The AI Games 2.0.
Some of the notable improvements include:
- A bot revision immediately starts playing matches once it's activated, no more waiting for the queue to be emptied;
- Every bot plays a match at least once every 15 minutes;
- We've overhauled the way game engines are written and consumed by the platform, also making it easier to compile them for local usage;
- You can download the source code for all your uploaded bot revisions;
- We've added changes in rank to the match log.
Some of the stuff we're currently working on:
- Replacing ELO by TrueSkill;
- Implementing a fully featured GraphQL backed API;
- Supporting all the languages currently supported by The AI Games;
- Reaching feature parity with The AI Games
Although we're not there yet, development has reached a point where we're confident enough to run a competition on the new platform. As such I'd like to pose the following question to all of you:
We'll be unveiling a new competition after Go goes out of beta (which is soon), would you like it if we run the next competition as a public beta on the new platform or would you prefer it if we host the next competition on the current back end?
We'd like to hear your thoughts.
- Created Tuesday, October 4th 2016 @ 16:38:01
Thank you for the update, glad to hear about the new developments!
Definitely I'd like to see next competition as a public beta on the new platform.
I hope that also Ultimate Tic Tac Toe will go out of beta soon :)
- Created Monday, October 10th 2016 @ 20:29:32
Sounds amazing, next competition on new platform please :D
- Created Saturday, October 15th 2016 @ 19:57:16
Personally, I prefer this website.
Guys, come on, this website is my home. And I checked the neighborhood, riddles.io. :-D
- Created Saturday, March 25th 2017 @ 17:00:54
"We'll be unveiling a new competition after Go goes out of beta (which is soon), would you like it if we run the next competition as a public beta on the new platform or would you prefer it if we host the next competition on the current back end?"
Is this the Hack Man competition or will there be another competition here as well?
DeveloperCreated Monday, March 27th 2017 @ 09:17:43
We're probably going to run the competition from Riddles.io in a couple of months. This website will not host any new competitions. But expect a lot (a lot) more games from Riddles.io, we're currently developing 5 awesome new games. These will be released in the next couple of months, after we're done with transforming our marketing website (https://riddles.io) to something more player-friendly.