Artificial intelligence has been reshaping online gaming for some time and continues to do so. New advancements have been introduced that gives an almost natural experience to gamers through analysis of their data trail and providing suggestions, competition and realistic conversations based on their past behavior.
Online gaming has become a huge industry, where people not only go for leisure purposes but for the motive of making money, 69 percent of the US population partake in the activity, with 23 percent of them owning a smartphone or tablet that contains two to three paid titles.
Online gaming has gained traction around the world, the worth of the global PC online market in 2018 reached $32.6bn. Some of the highly profiting games in 2017 were League of Legends with $2.1bn and Dungeon Fighter Online with revenue of $1.9bn for the F2P MMO games category. This massive development of the industry is due to the overall evolvement of online gaming through artificial intelligence.
Real-time experience and competition
Gamers are having a more pleasurable time in online gaming. Artificial intelligence has been a huge help in experiencing a more realistic game experience by giving assistance when needed, automatic conversations and competition. Riot Games has initially introduced a Blitzcrank Bot in 2015 which helped the players when they needed help, hence making their experience much smoother which has been discussed on Tech Workshop.
Furthermore, multiplayer games like EA Sports’ Fifa franchise provide real-time experience for gamers. Once the gamers have decided his preferences regarding the player positions of his team the AI will automatically build team chemistry based on your preferences and will automatically generate conversations to boost the morale of your players in case you are losing.
Artificial intelligence has been taking over online snooker. Recently AI-based Pluribus, a card shark, was able to beat over a dozen professional poker players at a six-player Texas Hold’em. Pluribus raked in almost $480 from its human competitors in every 100 hands.
AI as the watchdog
There are billions of gamers in the world, and most of them spend money while playing online games. Such an immense increase has hiked the profits of gaming firms and also attracted fraudsters who are stealing huge amounts. AI-based solutions help the gaming industry in finding the fraudsters among real gamers. It helps in finding gaming bots among real persons. The AI algorithms analyze the moves of a gamer and find the bots through deep analysis.
Money laundering has also become a headache for online gambling firms. UK gambling firms paid £19.6m in fines due to their lack of vigilance in securing gamblers and the mitigation of money laundering channeled through their platforms. Due to such instances, many gambling platforms are using AI-based solutions to eliminate such losses in the future.
Money launderers mostly use a stolen real-life identity of a gamer and use it to launder money as gambling proceeds. AI-based ID and facial verification solutions (KYC)are helping sites in reducing the illicit act of money laundering channeled through their websites.
The silver lining of artificial intelligence
Bots are being used widely by the cheaters to make money through online gambling. The bots are created in a close-to-human way. They are trained to react to certain colors and sounds in the game. Hence the security layer of the game is penetrated by imitating very human behavior, and this leads to very authentic cheating by the fraud gamers. Such cheating has been causing not only game defeat but also monetary losses.
There is no doubt in the greatness of artificial intelligence, and its vital role in the evolvement of the gaming industry. It has been used by the gaming industry for decades. To conclude, the most promising feature of AI which predicts the dawn of more advanced gaming features in the future is its ability to imitate human behavior and to shape and control the behavior of gamers.