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Why do barely any of the games finish?


I've just started, and running a few matches, barely any of them get finished!
https://2016.halite.io/game.php?replay=ar1481304071-4211290253.hlt is an example.
Why is this?


The game ends if one of two conditions are met:

  • Only one player has any pieces left.
  • 10 * sqrt(WIDTH * HEIGHT) turns have been played. Consequently, a small map may end after a few hundred turns, whereas a large map could take thousands.

The replay you listed looks like a 35x35 map so the game will stop after 350 turns.


@shummie is correct. The turn cap is in place to ensure that server time isn't hogged by bots in a near tie or relatively poor-performing bots.