Halite III: It's a wrap!


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The Halite III competition has officially ended. Over the course of the past 3.5 months, more than 5 million games were played by bots submitted by from all over the world. Congratulations to @teccles @SiestaGuru and @reCurs3 for reaching the top three spots, and to all who submitted a bot. Check out the leaderboard for all final rankings.

This year, over 4,000 students and professionals from more than 100 countries participated in Halite, with ~39k versions submitted in total. 94 bots reached Admiral status, beating our benchmark bot tsadmiral:

  1. teccles, 2. SiestaGuru, 3. reCurs3, 4. Team Schildpad, 5. AndersGee, 6. TheDuck314, 7. abenner, 8. ZanderShah, 9. AllYourTurtles, 10. adam, 11. jstaker7, 12. blasterpoard, 13. cowzow, 14. FiodorG, 15. cdurbin, 16. Jaraz, 17. kovi, 18. mlomb, 19. GreenTea, 20. Rachol, 21. TonyK, 22. csmyu, 23. dhallstr, 24. ckr, 25. zxqfl, 26. Chessjawa, 27. alexander-mol, 28. En3rG, 29. halvorboe, 30. Xyzrr, 31. Lunariz, 32. Kowys, 33. mrr, 34. jonanzr, 35. estoev, 36. siman, 37. daanzu, 38. bderrett, 39. ColinWHart, 40. cyberferret44, 41. LeoT, 42. mpbuckley, 43. Salticid, 44. r3versi, 45. dmulh, 46. AlanTuring, 47. shummie, 48. qazwsxedcrfvtgbyhnujm, 49. Team VQ, 50. Team Lobsters, 51. MatG, 52. mbillingr, 53. e_e, 54. MinkeR, 55. Konarek, 56. Belonogov, 57. Varlam, 58. howard1321, 59. daeglin, 60. MichalOp, 61. Ender, 62. jasmouth, 63. colin, 64. tobinam, 65. x052, 66. StoneT2000, 67. tylerholien, 68. Billiam, 69. tko, 70. hunter2, 71. bogdandm, 72. TylerHorth, 73. Gadz, 74. ScottChristensenHanpa, 75. 1, 76. Shiva108, 77. Hilko, 78. ElGlorioso, 79. louislawkitlung, 80. dmahan93, 81. cpt21, 82. Y7, 83. LosLuis, 84. Hyrax, 85. Team G-ATAK, 86. kjs6x2, 87. timfoden, 88. dimgal, 89. saraneth, 90. coleholc, 91. Psyho, 92. Team Sea_Whackers, 93. the_higgs, 94. nofate090

Congratulations!

There were a great diversity of strategies and techniques applied this year. Players used a wide variety of starting points for their bots, such as hill climbing and the Hungarian algorithm. Machine learning-driven bots reached the top page of the leaderboard this year, with several bots combining machine learning and heuristics. Players are publishing their bot code and post-mortems here, and we encourage you to join in!

A special shout out to our community contributors: if you created a starter kit, a community project, or a pull request to our Github project, thank you. And an extra thank you to @Janzert, once again the top community contributor!

To all, thank you for playing Halite III. This season was a roller coaster of an evolving metagame and unique strategies, and we are grateful for our clever, committed community.


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