The patent talks about both real money and no money bets, which are shown to the viewer.
It is a fact that eSports do not stop growing every year, and already enjoy a popularity comparable to that of the largest sporting events. On PlayStation They are aware of their growth, hence they bought EVO, the largest fighting game tournament in the world. And, looking to the future, it is seen that they want to exploit this market to take advantage of it. PlayStation has patented a betting system in eSports events, focused on both real money gambling and other non-pecuniary elements.
The system calculates odds using analytics of past betsRegistered in 2019 under the name ‘E-Sports Betting Platform‘, this patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation) has not been made public until this past May 13, as they share our mates by VidaExtra. And its description is as follows: “The quotas for various propositions around the execution of a computer simulation [juego] are determined and presented to the viewer for pecuniary bets [con dinero] or not pecuniary. Quotas can be determined using past game analytics, or by mutual bets “
As you can imagine, the concept of “betting on something” cannot be patented. And what PlayStation records here is nothing but an infrastructure for propose or receive possible bets on eSports games, determine your fees in real time – based on simulations and past data or the bet totalizer – and offer viewer options during the broadcast to withdraw the bet before finishing, or even to double it.
You bet with money, and without money?
The fact that they talk so much about you bet with money as without it seems to suggest that you could also bet with other different elements. For example, gambling with skins or in-game resources of the games to obtain possible rewards, although this is more speculative. As we usually explain, the registration of a patent does not imply that it will be used. It is only a way to protect a creation against potential conflicts, although it can be an indication of the future functionality of a device or platform.
With the purchase of EVO by PlayStation, and the continued growth of eSports, the Tokyo company is increasingly active around the sports broadcasts. And last month we informed you of another PlayStation patent on eSports, for viewers to control the broadcast camera. We do not know if Sony will go ahead with this possible eSports betting platform, what we do know is that the company has sold more than 7.8 million PS5 consoles in 5 months, and that they currently have more than 25 exclusive games in development.
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