Odds for those wagers would be determined via machine learning, based off either the play history of the competing players, or their performance in the current match. Interestingly, the patent was not exclusively focused on Playstation, as it also references “game consoles such as Sony PlayStation or a game console made by Microsoft or Nintendo or other manufacturer virtual reality (VR) headsets, augmented reality (AR) headsets, portable televisions (e.g. smart TVs, Internet-enabled TVs), portable computers such as laptops and tablet computers, and other mobile devices including smart phones”. This suggests that if the service does become real, it could be brought to platforms beyond Playstation.
The company also recently completed its joint purchase of Evo, the largest fighting game tournament in the world, so this patent could be directly tied to the service being used in conjunction with Evo. Last year, Evo was cancelled following allegations of abuse regarding the organiser Joey Cueller, with large fighting game developers Capcom and NetherRealm pulling out of the contest in solidarity with the victims.Sony has been busy filing a lot of patents recently, with the platform holder also planning a help system for struggling gamers, and a system that could allow older games to be retroactively patched with trophy support.
Patents are regularly filed by games companies, with many of them never amounting to anything, so it’s worth bearing that in mind. But with Playstation 5 shortages set to continue into 2022, Sony might well be looking for a new way to bring fans into the esports community.
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Liam Wiseman is a Freelance Writer for IGN.