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AI, Esports, and Excited Fans: Developing Overwatch League's Power Rankings with IBM (Presented by IBM)

Stephane Rodet  (Lead UX Engineer, IBM)

Corey Shelton  (Managing Consultant, IBM iX)

Date: Friday, July 23

Time: 8:30am - 9:00am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Sponsored Session

Vault Recording: Not Recorded


One of the world’s biggest esports leagues, Overwatch League. One of the world’s most iconic technology companies, IBM. An international team of experts coming together to solve an insanely complex data problem.


This is the story of how, in just two months, a team of elite IBM developers built an algorithm to turn 410 million data points into Overwatch League Power Rankings with IBM Watson - an objective, AI-based approach to evaluate the performance of players and teams in the Overwatch League.

Intended Audience

General public, game developers, AI developers, data scientists