Final Rankings Announced!
Congratulations to this year's Google AI Challenge Grand Champion, Andy Sloane! Andy is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is currently working as a software engineer at Yahoo!. His winning entry was entitled a1k0n_. Congratulations!
Congratulations also go out to each of this year's finalists (top 100). Achieving such a high ranking takes a lot of work, and you should all be very proud!
On behalf of Google and the University of Waterloo Computer Science Club, I would like to thank everybody who took part in the Google AI Challenge. This year was the best yet, with more than 1400 working entries submitted by people from 79 different countries. Thank you!
Full results can be found here.
Tron Game Viewer
After the video from the last post instantly hit number 1 on Reddit, it occured to us that maybe people would like to be able to see instant replays of their own games. We are very proud to announce that you can now watch any game using the Tron Game Viewer!
To see your games, visit your profile, where you'll find a link next to each of your most recent games that leads to the Tron Game Viewer. You can even put a link to one of your games in your Gchat, Facebook, or MSN status.
Just for fun, Alex and Patrick produced a video of some of the top bots playing games against each other on randomly generated maps (the maps in the actual tournament will not be nearly as big). Here is the result!
It's really interesting to see how strong some of the top strategies are, since they are using very sophisticated AI algorithms. At the same time, it's interesting to watch how they still make some blunders. We hope this video gives you lots of strategy ideas!
There are a bunch of strategy guides and algorithm tutorials in the works, so check back soon!
Contest Launched at the University of Waterloo!
We just launched the Google AI Challenge at the University of Waterloo. So far, there are 60+ entries submitted from Waterloo, and counting!
Last year Waterloo took the number one spot in the Google AI Challenge, but this year there are already entries coming in from around the world. Does your school have what it takes to take Waterloo down?
Here is a quick video, taken right before Waterloo's contest launch event.