Access Or Authorization (e.g., Game Selection, Security, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/29)
  • Patent number: 9744464
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for a game item management scheme. In some examples, a method performed under control of a game server may include receiving, from a player account, a request to play a game hosted on the game server; determining whether the player account has been dormant based at least in part on an amount of elapsed time between a most recent playing of the game and the receiving; and modifying at least one game item associated with the player account, when the determining indicates that the player account has been dormant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Seungil Kim
  • Patent number: 9737810
    Abstract: Methods for allowing a user to participate and change outcome of an asynchronous game includes receiving an indication of an attack initiated by a second player on a first player's game base during game play. In response, a first social post is generated to inform friends of the first player of the attack and request assistance to defend the first player's game base. An acceptance to defend the first player's game base is detected from a third player at the first social post. In response, game replay of the attack by the second player is initiated and the third player is enabled to participate in the game replay and defend the game base of the first player. A second social post is generated to inform the first player and the friends of the first player of the third player's contribution in defending the first player's game base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron McNeil, Jordan Maynard
  • Patent number: 9737805
    Abstract: A server includes drawing means (121) for drawing an item by lottery from among an item group including a plurality of types of items with different scarcity values and providing the item to a user, and additional item providing means (122) for providing an additional item to the user in accordance with a provision count of the number of times an item is provided by the drawing means (121).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventor: Masahito Maeda
  • Patent number: 9734319
    Abstract: A personal digital ID device provides a digital identifier to a service for a predetermined duration in response to user interaction. The user interaction may include a button press. The personal digital ID device may be in the form of a bracelet, a key fob, or other form factor. The service may be provided by a mobile device, in the cloud, or elsewhere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Tyfone, Inc.
    Inventors: Siva G. Narendra, Prabhakar Tadepalli, Saurav Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 9734666
    Abstract: A gaming system and its operations include, for instance, providing, for presentation via one or more electronic display devices, first digital content for a first application. The first application is independent from a second application that concurrently presents second digital content. The operations can further include intercepting, by the first application via an application communication interface associated with the second application, data associated with the second digital content. The operations can further include determining, based on evaluation of the data associated with the second digital content via an electronic processing unit of the gaming system, a relationship between an aspect of the first digital content and an aspect of the second digital content. The operations can further include causing, by the first application via the electronic processing unit, the second application to automatically modify presentation of the second digital content in response to determining the relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Mark B Gagner, Siva Kumar Krishnan, Larry J Pacey, Alfred Thomas, Matthew J Ward
  • Patent number: 9731198
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to games and applications in general, and in particular to computer-implemented online games playable on mobile device. The computer-implemented online game may be played via a mobile user interface or via a browser. The mobile user interface may allow access to a first set of in-game actions related to a game event, and the browser may allow access to a second set of in-game actions related to the game event, where the first set of in-game actions related to the game event is smaller in number than the second set of in-game actions related to the game event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Serena Lam, Kathleen Auterio, Deniz Ersever, Jackson Wang, Benjamin Mullin, Hardik Kheskani
  • Patent number: 9734663
    Abstract: Various aspects described or referenced herein are directed to different methods, systems, and computer program products for implementing automated money laundering detection, notification, and reporting techniques implemented at casino gaming networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: Fresh Idea Global Limited
    Inventors: Jay Chun, Binh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9728030
    Abstract: A game and/or entertainment device, more particularly in the form of a coin operable or token operable gaming machine and/or gambling device with multiple separate display units for presenting information, more particularly game contents and/or game information, wherein at least one of the display units is furnished with a touch panel for inputting control commands by touching. The touch panel is formed continuously over at least one part of each of at least two different display units. By extending the touch panel across the boundary region or intermediate space between two display units, it is possible to achieve a continuously closed off front of the device, despite the use of multiple display units, whereby the structure of the corresponding device wall is simplified and the security against intrusion into the housing at gaps is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventors: Martin Woels, Marek Gawel
  • Patent number: 9711003
    Abstract: A system for providing access to casino gaming and sports booking is provided which permits a gambler to place wagers using a location based mobile gaming unit. The gambler may access the system through a wireless network. Further, the gambler may be positioned anywhere there is an established local gaming server. A gambler profile may be provided wireless access to the local server along with the games available in the local server jurisdiction based on a global positioning of the mobile gaming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Russell O. Carter, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9700793
    Abstract: A recording medium for storing a game program which processes progress of a game, the game program when executed on a computer causes the computer to execute instructions for: storing basic information of game contents and state information changing according to the progress of the game; receiving an instruction from a user; generating information relating to a game screen based on a received instruction; and outputting information relating to the generated game screen to a user terminal at a predetermined time, wherein the screen information relates to a first game screen that displays game contents and information relating to a second game screen that displays state information of the game contents, and the second game screen includes latest state information at a time when receiving a first instruction which is an instruction to update the state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Inoue
  • Patent number: 9694286
    Abstract: For cheat likelihood calculation, a method records client activity for a client. The client activity includes components of a game economy including burns calculated as a function of measurable client sacrifices to a game and earns calculated as a function of measurable game rewards from the game. The method calculates the cheat likelihood from the probability of the client activity being anomalous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Mohammad Iman Khabazian
  • Patent number: 9691222
    Abstract: The present system incorporates mobile computing devices to play games, such as electronic pull-tabs, in a plurality of venues, each having a local wireless network. Each network communicates with a central system that generates decks of game outcomes and associated awards. All wagers and awards for each game are tracked on the central system, which also provides each game award and associated outcome from a deck stored on the central system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Patent Investment & Licensing Company
    Inventors: John F. Acres, Warren White, Mark N. Dailey, William Dale Hermansen, Anthony Morelli, Alex White, Cyrus A. Luciano, John G. Schmitz, Andrew King, Patrick B. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9685031
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in a wagering environment are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment comprises a wagering terminal including a processor, a memory, a primary display, and a secondary display. The primary display is configured for displaying visual messages. These visual messages are displayed as part of a graphical user interface and include at least one wagering transaction message. The secondary display is configured for displaying additional visual messages associated with the visual messages of the primary display. These additional visual messages are displayed as part of an additional graphical user interface. The wagering terminal may further include a proximity detector configured for detecting the presence of a gaming patron, a user identification unit configured for sampling a unique physical attribute of a user, and an image capture unit configured for capturing at least one image in a vicinity of the wagering terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: United Tote Company
    Inventors: Scott B. Pfennighausen, Jim Baker, Brendan Burgess, Kenneth A. Vlazny
  • Patent number: 9669313
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to providing dynamic and static contest prize allocation based on in-game achievement of a user in an online game in order to encourage players to continue to purchase items to improve their tournament metrics even if they may be unable to improve their tournament rank. For example, calculation of a dynamic prize may comprise for rank x, the player may gain 1 prize unit for every y Glory gained (when Glory may be the measured by the tournament). The y value may increase for lower ranks achieved in the tournament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventor: Luc Pieron
  • Patent number: 9669297
    Abstract: An online gaming system for adjusting game content presented to users in an online game. The system may adjust content based on mood profiles determined for the individual users. The system may comprise one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules. The system may include a game module configured to execute an instance of an online game and to implement the instance of the online game to facilitate participation of users in the online game. The system may include a biometrics module configured to obtain biometric characteristic information from user client computing platforms. The system may include a mood module configured to determine mood profiles for the users based on the biometric characteristic information. The system may include a content adjustment module configured to identify and effectuation presentation of content in the online game based on the mood profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. DeLaet
  • Patent number: 9662589
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating messages within online games are described. One of the methods includes receiving a message post from a first user. The message post is displayed on an in-game object that is configured for sharing message posts between the first user and other users. The method further includes detecting an interfacing action by a second user with the in-game object. The interfacing action is an input that is responsive to request content that is part of the message post. The method further includes validating the interfacing action to meet a threshold. If the threshold is met, the virtual game object is credited to the game space of the first user. The method includes generating a reward to the second user when the interfacing action is validated. The reward is credited to a game space of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Tiago Amaral Penteado de Jesus
  • Patent number: 9662566
    Abstract: A system and method for providing in-game advertising to assist in recruiting of affiliation members in an online game. The system and method include receiving affiliation advertising bids from affiliations for advertising opportunities. A bid indicating an aggregate amount of consideration is pledged by multiple users in an affiliation on behalf of the affiliation in a competitive auction with other affiliations for an advertising opportunity and determining winning affiliation advertising bids in competitive auctions for advertising opportunities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Wynne Chyou, John Kim, Kevin Chanthasiriphan, Albert Wei, Chris Yu
  • Patent number: 9646312
    Abstract: An enhanced method of Casino and hotel probable customer and customer demographic identification, game selection, advertising and customer service based on the identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GAME DESIGN AUTOMATION PTY LTD
    Inventors: Martin S. Lyons, Robert Linley Muir
  • Patent number: 9636584
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates games and applications in general and in particular to computer-implemented online games playable on mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Serena Lam, Kathleen Auterio, Deniz Ersever, Jackson Wang, Benjamin Mullin, Hardik Kheskani
  • Patent number: 9640030
    Abstract: On a network of electronic gaming machines, data regarding the performance of the machines or the players of the machines is collected and processed to make predictions of future jackpots and recommendations of games to play. The predictions and recommendations are delivered via at least one virtual persona that communicates with players or potential players via displays in a casino or on a web browser, via smartphone. Players can conduct conversations with the persona using cellular telephone, text messaging, or other types of Internet communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PATENT INVESTMENT & LICENSING COMPANY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 9622077
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling the authentication or authorization of a mobile device user for enabling access to the resources or functionality associated with an application or service executable at the user's mobile device. The user or user's mobile device may be automatically authenticated or authorized to access application or system resources at the device when the current geographic location of the user's mobile device is determined to be within a preauthorized zone, e.g., based on a predetermined geo-fence corresponding to the preauthorized zone. A security level or amount of authorization credentials required to authorize a user for data access may be varied according any of a plurality of security levels, when the current or last known geographic location of the user's mobile device is determined to be outside the preauthorized zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Mapquest, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Hughes, Patrick McDevitt, Joseph Barbara
  • Patent number: 9619962
    Abstract: A system for use in providing gaming property services to a player via a gaming device is provided. The system includes a gaming property server, a gaming machine, and gaming tracking device. The gaming property server provides gaming property services to the player. The gaming machine includes a gaming display, a display device that is coupled to the gaming display, and a gaming controller that is coupled to the display device. The gaming controller is configured to randomly generate an outcome of a game and transmit game data indicative of the outcome to the display device. The gaming tracking device also includes a web browser program for displaying gaming property services via a website provided by the gaming property server. The display device configured to display a player interaction screen including the outcome of the game and the gaming property services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. George, Thomas E. Soukup, Edward Sepich
  • Patent number: 9610499
    Abstract: A game control server apparatus includes an enhancement screen display processing unit that displays an enhancement screen for enhancing a game medium that appears in a game and that is provided with a predetermined parameter value, the enhancement screen including a predetermined number “N” (“N” is an integer that is two or more) of selection areas and an enhancement management unit that accepts a selection of a predetermined number n (n is an integer, where n<N) of the selection areas among the selection areas of the enhancement screen, wherein the predetermined number “N” of the selection areas include a selection area associated with a parameter data component for varying a parameter value of the game medium and there is further a case that the predetermined number “N” of the selection areas include a selection area associated with a stopper for terminating the selection of the selection areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: DeNA Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9608984
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for accessing one or more files including scanning a storage device using a processor for one or more signed files in response to the storage device coupling to a machine, authenticating one or more of the signed files, and configuring the processor to access accessible files from the storage device in response to authenticating one or more of the signed files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Keith Rogers, Jon P. Styskal
  • Patent number: 9592450
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to systems and methods, which may receive gaming data from one or more gaming tables. The systems and methods may obtain gaming data from one or more gaming tables via a network interface based on at least one of a searching structure and a search algorithm. The systems and methods may compare betting criterion to the gaming data. The systems and methods may initiate at least one of a wager based on a comparison of the betting criterion to the gaming data and a display of data related to a search result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Fresh Ideal Global Limited
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 9589220
    Abstract: Gaming chips are provided with embedded radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tags incorporated into a gaming chip for identifying and tracking the gaming chips within a casino, and even upon a gaming table. The gaming chips have a body in the shape of a disc which has a loss tangent of 0.0078 or less, and more preferably of 0.007 or less. For chips operating at 900 MHz, the body has a dielectric constant of 5 or less, and preferably 3-5. For chips operating at 2.45 GHz, the body has a dielectric constant of 5-8. Preferably, the body is made of a blend of plastic, such as PVC, and a dielectric ceramic. The RFID is preferably sandwiched between layers of a high frequency circuit material including top and bottom layers and a center layer have a hole for receiving the RFID. Preferably, the layers of high frequency circuit material have a dielectric constant of 2.5-4 and a loss tangent of 0.002-0.006.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: David Nissen
  • Patent number: 9589418
    Abstract: A specialized slot machine for conducting a wagering game using real time or live action event content are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Philip Paul Givant
  • Patent number: 9590950
    Abstract: A method and system for the anonymization and segmentation of the media access control (MAC) addresses reported by visitors' 802.11 enabled devices at a venue operator premises. This system assures a venue operator and its visitors that no individually identifying information about a visitor is re-transmitted or stored that can be traced back to their MAC address, while still allowing the venue operator to obtain venue visitor counts visit frequencies well as traffic patterns during visits (i.e. dwell times at, and movements between, locations within a venue) and counts of common visitors between venues. It also ensures that the data generated is segmented so that the data obtained by two different venue operators is not correlatable between visitors common to the two sets of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: LOCALITY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: James Francis Hallett, Daryl Dean Harms, Kirk Arnold Moir
  • Patent number: 9579561
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs for sharing a game play over a social network include executing a play session of a game. During execution of the play session, an option is provided to share a portion of the game on a social network. In response to receiving a request to share the portion of the game, an instance of the game is generated at a time when the request is received and is posted to a stream of the social network. The instance of the game inherits a current state of the play session. A reward is generated to a user account that plays the instance in the stream and to the user that initiates the sharing of the portion of the game upon the user playing the instance of the game claims the reward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Alden Seabolt, Russell L. Daigle, Jianlin Wang, Nathaniel Wise, Di Wu
  • Patent number: 9582963
    Abstract: A gaming machine has a main or master gaming controller. Primary gaming machine accounting is performed by the master gaming controller in communication with a casino accounting system. A secondary controller is associated with the gaming machine. The secondary controller facilitates paragame activity. Secondary gaming machine accounting, such as associated with activities implemented by the secondary controller, is performed by the secondary controller in communication with a secondary accounting system. The secondary controller and secondary accounting system can also mirror or monitor primary gaming machine accounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Tipping Point Group, LLC
    Inventor: Sam Johnson
  • Patent number: 9576132
    Abstract: The hash value for an entire system file partition for storing firmware of an information processing apparatus is calculated. Alteration of the firmware is detected based on the hash value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Tsuchitoi
  • Patent number: 9569920
    Abstract: A mobile gaming device may be a player's own personal tablet, smartphone, PDA, etc., with an application program installed via the internet for carrying out a remote gaming session. All gaming functions are carried out by a stationary gaming terminal communicating with the mobile device, such as by using WiFi. The mobile device operates as a user interface. Registration for the mobile device may be via a registration terminal connected in a network with a plurality of gaming terminals. The mobile device may communicate wirelessly with the registration terminal, and the registration terminal then communicates with the played gaming terminal via the network. The mobile device may select to play games offered by any available gaming terminal. The gaming terminals may be gaming machines. The registration terminal may also be a cashing out terminal and print a ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: IGT Canada Solutions ULC
    Inventors: David Froy, Peter Babin, Bharat Gadher, Fayez Idris, Dragan Pleskonjic, Peter Post, Andrew McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9566511
    Abstract: A center device communicates with one or more controller devices operated by one or more users. The center device is operable to: execute at least one application program; detect a respective connection with each of the one or more controller devices and to select one of the one or more controller devices for authentication; query the user of the selected one of the controller devices for requested authentication information; receive, from the selected one of the controller devices, authentication information provided by the user of the selected one of the controller devices; and permit the execution and manipulation of the output of the application program only when the authentication information provided by the user, and received from, the selected one of the controller devices matches the requested authentication information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Mariko Hino, Satoshi Hashimoto, Ken Kutaragi
  • Patent number: 9566515
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a system for playing a video game is provided that includes (1) one or more sensors adapted to monitor one or more biometric parameters of a user and communicate the one or more monitored biometric parameters (MBPs); (2) a computing device adapted to communicate with the one or more sensors and to receive the one or more communicated MBPs; and (3) a video game having an avatar adapted to move an object on an incline, the video game adapted to execute on the computing device. The video game is adapted to control the avatar to perform an action in the video game based in part on the received one or more communicated MBPs. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PEXS LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Dugan, Steven M. Santisi, Jean Pierre Latrille, Lieven Nuyttens
  • Patent number: 9565523
    Abstract: In one embodiment, techniques approximate concurrent monitoring of a large number of geo-fences, potentially beyond a number supported by a mobile device, The mobile device may activate a subset of geo-fences to be monitored, the subset of geo-fences selected from the set of geo-fences based on proximity to a current location of the mobile device. The mobile device may also establish and monitor an envelope geo-fence that encompasses the subset of geo-fences. In response to detecting that the mobile device has moved to a new location proximate to the envelope geo-fence, a new subset of geo-fences is activated to be monitored. Geo-fences of the subset of geo-fences that are not part of the new subset of geo-fences are deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Steger, Thomas Jason Dytko, Nicolas Brachet, Russel Kipp Jones, Andrei Dancus, Andrew Broadstone, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz
  • Patent number: 9539501
    Abstract: An internet gaming system includes a core platform, and a vertical extension functionality configured with the core platform and having a first application programming interface. A plurality of game specific modules are provided with a hardware and software configuration to conduct different respective Internet-based games with players via an Internet lottery site, with each game specific module including a dedicated second application programming interface. Input/output data between the core platform and the game specific modules occurs only through the first and second application programming interfaces. A secure game outcome generator has a hardware and software configuration to determine a game outcome for each game played via the system and is linked to the core platform via a secure interface with the vertical extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventors: James Allan Szendel, Steven Wayne Beason, Kenneth Earl Irwin, Jr., Kirt William Pulaski, John Patrick Toohey
  • Patent number: 9530281
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a gaming system and method providing one of a plurality of different versions of a game based on a player selected skill level. The gaming system displays an indication of a plurality of different skill levels. Each of the skill levels is associated with a different version of a game. The gaming system receives a player selection of one of the skill levels, displays a play of the version of the game associated with the selected skill level, and determines an outcome for the play. If the selected skill level is a designated skill level, the gaming system randomly determines the outcome. If the selected skill level is greater than the designated skill level, the gaming system receives a quantifiable skill input from the player in association with the play, and determines the outcome based in part on the received quantifiable skill input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Leandro Basallo, Timothy L. Isaacson
  • Patent number: 9526993
    Abstract: A system, processor or computer readable device that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving a user attribute of a first user based on a record of stimulation of an electronic gaming accessory of the first user. The record of stimulation is determined responsive to game-related activity in an electronic game application. A first user record is updated responsive to the receiving of the user attribute of the first user, resulting in an updated first user record. The updated first user record is forwarded to a matching service, wherein the matching service matches the first user and a second user based on the updated first user record. Such matching can be used to associate players of electronic games, for example, as members of a team. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Kim Rom, Jeffrey Nicholas Mahlmeister, Jacob Wolff-Petersen, Bruce Hawver, Francis Arnold Grever, Tino Soelberg, Christopher John Nicolella
  • Patent number: 9530278
    Abstract: An interactive financial transactions systems and methods are disclosed for providing gaming activity using funds located at a financial institution. Prior to initiating gaming activity, the player indicates the amount of funds the player would like to wager in a session. The financial institution is contacted to block the player funds from being used for another purpose while the player is placing wagers on the interactive gaming system. As the player completes wagers, the results of wagering activities may be passed to the financial institution. When the player completes the gaming session, the financial institution is instructed to release the blocked funds. In one embodiment, the interactive gaming system contacts an intermediary business which performs the account blocking and financial transactions with the financial institution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Costello
  • Patent number: 9511292
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for automatically sending a popup or other message to another person's electronic device upon finishing a predetermined goal in a video game. The predetermined goal can be, for example, killing a first boss in under five minutes. The message to the friend can include a link or button enabled such that the friend can begin the game on his device in the same room, mission, scenario, etc. that the first player started out in so that the friend can attempt to duplicate or ‘one up’ the first player's achievement. Friends who are interested in receiving such messages can be determined from existing social networking sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Gary
  • Patent number: 9514062
    Abstract: In a first aspect the invention provides a storage method for a gaming machine, including allocating program code to one of at least two program categories including a first category of program code that is expected to be modified more frequently than a second category of program code and storing program code from the first and second categories in logically separate storage areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Drazen Lenger
  • Patent number: 9501899
    Abstract: A gaming system and method of rewarding players of electronic gaming machines connected by a network to a host computer, including storing player-useable points at a network-accessible location, enabling a player to convert at least some of the points into monetary units at a conversion rate, wherein the monetary units are convertible into credits for wagering on at least one of the electronic gaming machines, awarding a personal points conversion rate multiplier to a player, and applying the points conversion rate multiplier to the conversion rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony David Radisich, Johann Blignaut, Colin Gray
  • Patent number: 9498707
    Abstract: Competitions involving video game players may include competitions subsidiary to a purpose of video game play, and may be bounded in time, either across play of multiple video games or within play of a particular video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Puryear, Jennifer Puno, Chris Chernoff
  • Patent number: 9492738
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a CPU, and the CPU sets a weapon to be transmittable according to an instruction by a player. More specifically, a seed is generated from a weapon, and transmittable seed data corresponding to the generated seed is stored in a memory for saved data. When a game apparatus is carried in a sleep state by a player, it makes a communication with another game apparatus to thereby transmit and receive the transmittable seed data with the other game apparatus. Accordingly, the transmittable and receivable seed data, that is, the seeds are exchanged. During the game, the received two seeds are fused to thereby generate a weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Sakurai, Yoshiyasu Okawara, Yoichi Hirakawa, Michiko Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9489804
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes displaying a community game on at least one display device. Dependent upon a first player playing an underlying wagering game via a first terminal, the first player is permitted to participate in the community game. The community game is distinct from the underlying wagering game. Not dependent upon a second player playing an underlying wagering game via a second terminal, the second player is permitted to participate in the community game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Ward, Mark B. Gagner, Joel R. Jaffe
  • Patent number: 9483906
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring customer activities within a casino enterprise is described. The monitoring system can be used to determine a current utilization of casino activities so that an optimal mixture of activities can be offered by the casino. Further, the system can be used to identify customers, based on their utilization of the activities, whose loyalty that a casino enterprise may wish to cultivate. In particular embodiments, the monitoring system can be configured to passively track portable wireless devices and associate the portable wireless devices with activities within the casino enterprise that are not attributable to customers registered in a loyalty program. The identity of the person controlling a particular portable device can be unknown. A virtual customer account can be created where the first portable device is used to identify a virtual customer associated with the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Steven G. LeMay, Dwayne R. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9483901
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system to authorize a mobile electronic device to play games of chance includes a gaming system manager and a portable docking station configured to: (i) detect whether the mobile electronic device is connected to a receiver of the portable docking station; (ii) receive device information from the mobile electronic device if it is detected that the mobile electronic device is connected to the receiver; (iii) determine whether the games of chance can be played on the mobile electronic device based on the received device information; (iv) authorize the mobile electronic device to play the games of chance; and (v) transmit gaming data to the mobile electronic device if it is determined that the games of chance can be played on the mobile electronic device and if the mobile electronic device is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Binh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9483905
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and related methods for implementing services over a plurality of gaming devices in a mesh network. A plurality of gaming devices are situated in a mesh network. A gaming device includes a client processing module configured to provide play of one or more games of chance, and a mesh network interface configured to provide communications with a further one or more gaming devices. A gaming device also includes a server processing module configured to receive and transmit service data via the mesh network. The service data is independent of game play data for wagering on a game of chance at one or more of the gaming devices. The service data is capable of being stored at a gaming device and at the further one or more gaming devices to provide a level of redundant storage of the service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Michael M. Oberberger, Craig A. Paulsen, Richard E. Rowe
  • Patent number: 9478089
    Abstract: A system for handling valuable documents is provided that comprises a validator 2 for validating authenticity of a valuable document, and a printer 3 for printing on a card 20 information in validator 2 and an interface 4 for connecting validator 2 and printer 3 for their intercommunication. Automatically or after a certain period of time, validator 2 transmits its stored validation information to printer 3 through interface 4. Otherwise, receiving a transmission instruction signal of validation information given upon turning a trigger switch on or receiving a retrieval instruction signal from printer 3, validator 2 transmits its stored validation information to printer 3 through interface 4 to print the validation information on card 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Japan Cash Machine, Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hikaru Izawa, Yasumasa Suzuki, Nobuo Takashima
  • Patent number: 9468854
    Abstract: A multi-media interactive play system has a number of play elements situated in a variety of play environments or play media. The play elements are linked to a common record of participant performance, progress, character attributes, etc. The participant's performance in the play elements determines the play elements to which the participant may proceed as well as the play parameters of the play element in which the participant is currently involved. The play elements are thus interlinked to define a sequence or path network along which the participant advances. By advancing through the play elements the participant carries out a plot, story, theme, etc. that attaches a significance to the successful completion of a given play element or elements. Also disclosed in a variety of play elements suitable for use in the system, an example of a plot or theme that may be carried out by the system, and a send/receive radio frequency network that may be used to track play participants in a play center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: MQ GAMING, LLC
    Inventors: Rick A. Briggs, Denise Chapman Weston