Code a winning Bomberman AI and get R70,000

Entelect has announced that its 2016 AI challenge is based on the 1980s video game Bomberman.

Four players will be placed in an unfamiliar environment, and must find their way through a maze while avoiding enemies and bombs.

The person who survives to the end with the most points is the winner.

“This year, we are catering for and providing sample bots for the following languages: C++, C#, F#, Java, Node.JS, and Python, whilst the reference bot is coded in C#,” said Timothy Kroon, general manager of professional services at Entelect.

Entelect has changed the R200,000 prize pool distribution, so that the top 8 finalists get prizes. The top three will receive R70,000, R35,000, and R25,000 respectively.

For those who are interested in building a graphical user interface (GUI) for the game, a R15,000 prize for the best GUI is up for grabs in Entelect’s Gooey Award challenge.

The competition closes on 2 September, with a play-off event on 17 September.

The grand finale will be held on 8 October at the rAge main stage.

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