Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Sony has applied for a patent for a gaming service that accepts Bitcoin or in-game items



Sony Interactive Entertainment (Sony Interactive Entertainment) has applied for a patent for the platform, which will allow users to use physical currency, Bitcoin and even in-game items to place bets on e-sports. Patent scopeSony originally applied for the patent in 2019, but did not release it until this month. The patent itself proposes a system in which spectators of real-time e-sports events (such as fighting game tournaments) can bet on the result of the game while observing the result of the game in real time. The system will work through a user interface overlay, which can be displayed on the stream for users to place bets.Stakes seem to have many forms, among which the patent mentions that “workers may be money, such as money or bitcoin, or they may be non-monetary, such as game assets, digital rights, and virtual currency.” This means that you can use the system to make money. Take and place bets on in-game currency and even in-game items. Bets on “digital rights” may also refer to bets on the use of NFT (non-fungible tokens) in the game.

The odds of these bets will be determined by machine learning, depending on the competition history of the competitors or their performance in the current game. Interestingly, the patent is not specifically for Playstation, because it also refers to “game consoles, such as Sony PlayStation or game consoles made by Microsoft or Nintendo, or VR (virtual reality) headsets, AR (augmented reality) headsets from other manufacturers, Portable TVs” (such as smart TVs, Internet-enabled TVs), portable computers (such as laptops and tablets), and other mobile devices (including smart phones)”. This shows that if the service becomes a reality, it can be brought to On platforms other than Playstation.

The company also recently completed a joint purchase of Evo, the world’s largest fighting game tournament, so the patent can be directly linked to the service used with Evo. Last year, Evo was cancelled after accusing the organizer Joey Cueller of being abused. Major fighting game developers Capcom and NetherRealm supported the victims withdrawing from the competition.Sony has been busy applying for many patents recently, and the holder of the platform also plans to design a help system for troubled gamers, and a patch that will enable old games to receive trophy support.

Game companies usually apply for patents, many of which are never a big deal, so it’s worth keeping this in mind. But as the shortage of Playstation 5 continues into 2022, Sony is likely to be looking for a new way to bring fans into the e-sports community.

Cryptocurrencies have recently appeared in the news. As early as this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his company SpaceX will send a Dogecoin-funded rocket into space next year. . At the beginning of this year, a programmer successfully locked himself out of $240 million worth of Bitcoin by forgetting his password. If you are still confused about Bitcoin, please check our guide.

Liam Wiseman is a freelance writer for IGN.