Gaming Platform Overwolf Adds Free GOSU.AI Voice Assistant
Gaming voice assistant developer GOSU.AI is now available for free as part of the Overwolf video game platform. GOSU is designed to help Overwolf users improve how well they perform in online games like League of Legends.
GOSU’s partnership with Overwolf will offer players advice and guidance from a voice AI for competitive games played on a worldwide scale, like DOTA 2 and League of Legends. The three-year-old GOSU was founded by Alisa Chumachenko, the former CEO of mobile gaming developer Game Insight. The startup has raised $2.8 million and boasts more than a million active monthly users of its application. Overwolf offers a central hub for video game builders. It provides tools for its more than 30,000 creators to design, sell, and make money from in-game apps and modifications for popular competitive online games. The Tel Aviv-based startup has raised $25 million in venture capital and claims 12 million monthly active users on its platform, all of whom will now be able to use GOSU to better their playing. Along with advice from an AI, GOSU is planning on adding new features like a live voice chat, pre0-match analysis, personalization, and localization elements, and a premium level of content for those willing to pay to subscribe.
“We were super impressed with the level of creativity and innovation behind GOSU.AI,” Overwolf vice president of growth Gil Tov-Ly said in a statement, VP of growth at Overwolf. “Adding voice assistant tips to competitive gaming is such an inspiring take on a real problem many gamers face – how to learn new champions, play better, and enjoy the game more. We’re very excited to partner with GOSU, and we’re confident that the app is going to do very well.”
“A free voice assistant is what our users have been asking for and I am excited that today we made it possible,” Chumachenko said. “This is the next step in our product development and we have already planned numerous features on how to improve our product even further.”
Voicing Video Games
The partnership shows how voice assistants like GOSU are starting to become an accepted part of the gaming scene on computers, but video game consoles are not getting left behind, especially in some of the biggest new and upcoming systems. Sony has been patenting a lot of new potential features for a PlayStation 5 voice assistant, likely called the PlayStation Assist. The most recent patent described a voice assistant customizable for different games and capable of adapting to different players. Others described a voice assistant that could simultaneously help the player in a game while monitoring phone calls and other real-world activity and one that could microtransactions during gameplay. Meanwhile, Google finally added Google Assistant to its Stadia video game streaming service, months after the subscription service began. GOSU is also not unique among startups looking to bring voice AI to video games. Fridai, which creates video game-specific voice assistants and joined the Microsoft for Startups accelerator with designs on being part of the next iteration of the Xbox console.