AI Arena teaches players AI by training and fighting AI fighters

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    ArenaX lab‘s mission is to educate people about artificial intelligence and inspire them to become AI developers. It has created an AI fighting game called AI Arena to bring that goal to life.

    The company believes that humans have not yet adapted to the presence of AI, so it created a game where humans can train AI characters and then unleash them in a Smash Bros. style fighting game. ArenaX Labs aims to educate players and reward their efforts with non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The developers hope to expand the potential audience to both an educational angle and NFT enthusiasts.

    The company was founded in 2018 to create indie games by three co-founders: Brandon Da Silva, Dylan Pereira and Wei Xie.

    After discovering NFTs in 2020, they realized that these were essentially “containers” that could hold any digital item of value. This led to the idea of ​​packaging AI into NFTs, which started their journey in the development of AI Arena. They believed the game could be fun, educate players, and grow new AI talent.

    ArenaX Labs was founded in 2021 with a $5 million seed funding round led by Paradigm with participation from Framework. Today the company has grown to a team of 20 people from all over the world.

    AI Arena is a game built on human-AI collaboration. The company said it is a Frankenstein mix between Super Smash Bros. and Mario Maker, but with “intelligent” characters.

    How it works

    AI Arena pits human-trained AI against each other in a platform fighter.

    AI Arena allows gamers to purchase, train and battle AI-enabled NFTs in a PvP platform fighting game. The goal is to knock your opponent off a platform.

    Players can purchase, train, and battle NFT characters powered by AI. Humans help improve these characters through a process called imitation learning, where the AI ​​learns skills by observing human actions. In turn, the player can assess the AI’s capabilities through the “AI Inspector” and spot weaknesses that serve as focus areas of training for future improvement. From there, players “enter” their AI to compete against other AIs in the arena. These AI battles are autonomous and create video content that the company says will have you on the edge of your seat.

    When you feel your character is ready to fight, send the NFT into the arena to battle. Then it’s your turn to sit back and watch the action. Your NFT fights autonomously against opponents close to its skill level. The aim of the game is to train the most powerful AI NFT, climb the global leaderboard and earn rewards in native tokens called Neurons or $NRN.

    AI Arena said the game is easy to learn but hard to master. The game drives the chase to train better AIs, creating an infinite loop of competition. AI Arena brings together the general public, gamers, AI engineers and researchers to show off their skills, engage in intense competition and reap Web3 native rewards.

    NFT characters are “born” with combat attributes that don’t change. It’s up to the human player to train the AI ​​to take these quirks into account and help the fighters maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.

    Nurturing talent

    AI arena
    AI Arena is like Smash.

    The company said it put the game and its philosophy to the test within its early community. During one of the early beta tests, one player, Jelo from Anambra, Nigeria, turned the competition upside down. Having no previous experience with AI and facing competitors who already had some experience, Jelo picked up the gameplay – and AI intuition – quickly.

    While most players converged on a similar training strategy and fighting style in the game, Jelo developed a more evasive strategy for the AI. His AI beat the competition by using a shielding move to absorb attacks, followed by quick counters. He eventually took first place in the second competition while leading his team to victory in the team event.

    “I’ve always been on the sidelines when it comes to machine learning and AI,” Jelo said in a statement. “AI Arena bridges that gap for me. It’s hard to fit everything AI Arena means to me into one article. Because to me it represents everything. From a fun element, to an educational system, to a work tool.”

    The company said Jelo is a testament to why it created AI Arena. The product enabled him to showcase his talent that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

    “This story shows how we will educate the world about AI, inspire the next generation of players and researchers, and prove that an AI-powered world can enhance the richness of the human experience, rather than threaten it,” said AI Arena.

    AI Arena battles feature edgy character NFTs powered by these player-trained AI/ML algorithms. These NFTs have in-game utilities. They can be owned by anyone, increasing market opportunities for researchers who provide the AI ​​models.

    ArenaX has 20 employees.

    The game is now built on the Ethereum blockchain, but will go live via multiplayer Layer 2 technologies on Ethereum.

    Going forward, the company hopes that AI researchers will be able to provide different types of models in the future. The company hopes to officially launch in the first quarter of 2023. The first generation of NFTs will drop before the game’s Mainnet launch.

    “Today, the application of AI is generally domain-specific. We want people to use AI in an engaging way without any technical skills – so we developed a game,” the company said. “Games have a more universal appeal and meaningfully expand the target market. It serves as the perfect medium of abstraction to distill complexity and increase engagement.”

    AI Arena is a project at the intersection of many different domains, including but not limited to: AI/ML, Web3, NFTs, gaming and education. While the core platform is focused on the game, the company is pursuing a larger mission to democratize AI.

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