Rules

Please see the Rules Page

Bot Development

Bot Zip

For a successful upload the Bot must be packed using zip. (Max 50 MB)
Please make sure that the file the bot is called via (e.g. the executable) is in the root path after extraction (Don't zip the directory).

Right:

MyBot.zip
- MyBot.exe
- data/
- etc

Wrong:

MyBot.zip
- MyBot/
  - MyBot.exe
  - data/
  - etc

Data

The bots may write to a ./data directory. Any files in the data directory will persist between games.

The data can be downloaded via profile page.

Bot Types

The Ladder supports multiple programming languages. To make sure the bot works on the ladder you must follow the following standards:

Python

Version: Python 3.7
Bot called via run.py

python-sc2: (Recommended for beginners)
Popular interface for scripted and machine learning bots alike.
Website: python-sc2
Video tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkelvgAj0mwzjVuJK4FBo7YR9ukXCzAsy

pysc2
Deepmind's interface - focussed around machine learning.
Website: pysc2

sharpy-sc2:
A rapid bot development framework. Solid macro and micro right out of the box.
Website: sharpy-sc2
starter kit: Sharpy starter bot

C++

Can be compiled on Windows or Linux
Windows: Bot called via botname.exe
Linux: Bot called via botname
Website: cpp-sc2

Java

Version: Java 12 (OpenJDK)
Bot called via botname.jar
Website: ocraft-s2client

GoLang

Bot called via botname
Website: go-sc2ai

DotNetCore

Version: DotNetCore 2.2
Bot called via botname.exe
Example bot: Example C# Bot

Rust (new!)

Bot called via botname Website: rust-sc2

NodeJS (Outdated)

Bot called via botname.js
Website: node-sc2/core

Using existing bots as a reference or starting point

It is generally useful to review some existing bots as reference in order to see how certain problems are solved by other authors, or to utilize these bots as a starting point in order to not have to solve these problems at all.

Some bots on the bot ladders are open source and can either be downloaded or provide links to their source.
Browse the list of AI Arena https://ai-arena.net/bots/ or SC2AI http://sc2ai.net bots.

Note that if you choose to copy an existing bot, please make sure you have the bot author's permission and that you make attempts to modify/improve the bot in some way. It's also nice to note the origin of the bot in your new bot's biography on the website.

Alkurbatov also maintains a list of some open source bots: https://github.com/alkurbatov/suvorov-bot/wiki/Open-source-StarCraft2-bots

Maps

Download the latest ladder pack from the GitHub Repository. (Password: 'iagreetotheeula')