Working on this research project over the last year has been super exciting. I was able to spend academic time with a game that I have been playing since 2014 - Dota 2. I worked through the research process, all the way from coming up with a project idea to executing it. Coming up with the experiment design and actually conducting it with participants was very tasking, especially when I had to change most of my experiment halfway through to accommodate for Covid-19 safety procedures. Despite all the obstacles, seeing the experiment through to fruition was very rewarding.
Through this project, I got the opportunity to work with researchers from Nvidia and was able to experience industry-level scientific research processes first-hand. It also helped me improve my own gameplay, which is an added bonus.