Pu Yang and David L. Roberts
Moneyball for video games: a study tries to mathematically guarantee victory in strategy games
Despite the cold and mathematical view of competition and victory in the article, this really only makes competitive games more interesting. You can analyze all you want about the optimal strategies for any game, but it only works until "optimal" becomes "predictable."
You can only go so far with the best possible strategy before it becomes a liability. At the high levels of any video game, the best strategy is a hidden strategy. If you're following the obvious "best" strategy too often? You're going to be countered.
That's what makes games like League of Legends and StarCraft so compelling for so many years. It's not about two players trotting out mathematically-based strategies, it's about psychology and fooling your opponent, and that can never be boiled down to a mathematical equation.
- Pu Yang and David L. Roberts