Patents Assigned to Multimedia Games, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20150332558
    Abstract: A method for controlling contributions to progressive prize pools includes providing a progressive server which manages standalone progressive prize pools for each of multiple individual gaming machines. The progressive server may further provide group progressive prize pools, allowing a gaming machine to have standalone pools and also be a member in a group pool. Where multiple standalone progressive prize pools are maintained for a single gaming machine, additional steps are taken to identify which pool or pools are to be increased when a standalone progressive contribution is made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Applicant: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith W. Riggs, Paul Klingensmith, Jim McHugh, Lori Brooke, Raymond Dumbeck, Tushar Patel
  • Publication number: 20150243134
    Abstract: Methods and gaming systems provide a player selection game in which the prizes available in the game increase in response to certain player selections from the various player selectable elements. Prizes are increased in a manner that makes it clear to the player that they have obtained an enhanced prize. In particular, prizes are increased in the course of the player selection game so that the lowest prize available after a prize increase is greater than the highest prize available prior to the prize increase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Casey, Clint Owen
  • Publication number: 20150235519
    Abstract: A wagering game is provided including an advancing target elimination game, which may be a base or bonus game. In this game, targets are shown to be advancing toward an objective, and the player is given selectable indicia with which to stop the targets. Each pick election may eliminate (or partially damage) a certain number and/or pattern of targets, with a credit value being awarded for each enemy eliminated. The bonus is played by taking turns between a phase of enemy target appearance and movement and a phase of player pick for enemy target elimination. These two phases alternate until an end-bonus condition is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Applicant: MULTIMEDIA GAMES, INC.
    Inventors: Clint Owen, Brian Watkins, Jason Kane, Michael Casey
  • Publication number: 20150221164
    Abstract: A slot game includes a secondary game which upon being triggered displays an initial set of selectable symbols arranged on a touchscreen display at the gaming device, the player being provided ability to make selections from the selectable symbols until all selectable symbols have been selected, each selectable symbol corresponding to an associated benefit which is one of an award, an award enhancer, or one or more additional selectable symbols. If an option is picked revealing additional selectable symbols, the game adds more picks having associated benefit like those of the initial set and the player keeps selecting. The game may also have a “game pick” in which it removes one or more of the remaining unselected choices without awarding an associated benefit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicant: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Alexander Watkins, Wardell Brown, Allison Pope
  • Patent number: 9064369
    Abstract: A method, gaming machine, and networked gaming system are disclosed for operating a wagering game that includes an interface activate-able by a player; a set of game plays, with at least one of the game plays occurring after activation of the interface by the player; and a persistent customizable player avatar interactive with a player and the wagering game, and, providing entertainment and companionship for a player during game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Schueller, Michael Conway, William Garretsen, Jennifer Schulze, Michael Wabschall, Clint Owen, JP Cody
  • Patent number: 9064377
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed in which a bonus currency game is operable simultaneously with the primary game. When a player initiates play of the primary game, the bonus currency game is initiated as well. The bonus currency game includes a set of target symbols which have corresponding bonus currency values such that, when a target symbol is activated, such as by a random or quasi-random determination, the bonus currency value associated with the target symbol is awarded to the player. After a player accumulates bonus currency, the player may utilize the currency to purchase various available online items, such as game plays in an arcade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley W. Johnson, Brian A. Watkins, Clint Owen, Darren Schueller, JP Cody
  • Patent number: 9047740
    Abstract: A wagering game is operable on a reel-based gaming machine which has the capability to selectively illuminate one or more reels with one or more colors of graduating intensity. In conjunction with the stopping sequence of the reels for a given play of the wagering game, the gaming machine provides a distinctive lighting effect at one or more of the reels when a reel in the set is stopped showing a predefined symbol. The predefined symbol presents the possibility of some desirable outcome for the given play of the wagering game depending upon the positions in which the remaining reels in the set stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clint Owen, Allison Hyden
  • Patent number: 9017165
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed in which a gaming machine provides both a base game and a side game which may be played and wagered upon concurrently or according to some play sequence. The base game may be one type of game displayed on a portion of a primary display of the gaming machine and the side game may be a different type of game displayed on a remaining portion of the primary display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley W. Johnson, Allison L. Pope, Brian A. Watkins, Clint Owen, JP Cody
  • Patent number: 9017161
    Abstract: A gaming system, apparatus, and method are disclosed with one or more additional payline awards made through special symbols appearing in the game. The number of additional paylines is determined based at least on the special symbol present. A preferred version provides a slot machine game with a payline meter zone on a dedicated display or beside the reels which emphasizes to the player the amount of additional paylines provided and their application in the prize award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Watkins
  • Patent number: 9005010
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods provide a tournament game which selectively awards an enhanced tournament play result. The enhanced tournament play result may be of variable value which is selected for the given instance in order to place the receiving tournament player in some predetermined rank in the tournament. Such a variable enhanced tournament play result in the tournament game may be used to help keep all participants interested in the tournament, even those participants who trail the tournament leaders by a wide margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Watkins, Clint Owen, Allison Pope, Michael Conway, Charles Speer
  • Patent number: 9005009
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed in which a gaming machine provides a player-selectable base game and a player-selectable side game, both of which may be played and wagered upon concurrently or according to some play sequence. The selected base game may be one of several themes or types of game displayed on a portion of a primary display of the gaming machine and the selected side game may be one of several themes or types of game displayed on a remaining portion of the primary or an alternate display. The potential prizes may be stand-alone as with a prize table or networked as with a prize pool having fixed or progressive prizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Felipe Salazar, Bradley W. Johnson, Allison L. Pope, Brian A. Watkins, Clint Owen, JP Cody
  • Patent number: 9004707
    Abstract: A reel backlight structure for a mechanical reel-type game includes an undifferentiated array of LED backlights. The rows of LEDs are closely spaced apart and may extend over an arc that encompasses both three vertical stop positions and four vertical stop positions. The LEDs are mounted on a flexible substrate that may be bent to match the radius of a reel strip and held in the desired radius with mounting attachment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventor: Furqaan Malik
  • Publication number: 20150065234
    Abstract: A method for controlling contributions to a progressive prize pool includes randomly determining whether a progressive pool growth event is triggered for the given play input in a wagering game. Where it is determined that a progressive pool growth event is triggered, the contribution amount is determined and the progressive pool is increased by this contribution amount. Where multiple progressive pools are maintained in a system, additional steps are taken to identify which pool or pools are to be increased when a progressive pool growth event is triggered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Alexander Watkins
  • Patent number: 8968074
    Abstract: A wagering game, gaming machine, gaming system and method are disclosed wherein a player-interactive bonus feature is triggered and displayed simultaneously with a wagering game presentation and a bonus award is paid responsive to a player selecting a displayed bonus target, such as a balloon. The bonus award is paid in addition to any award payable based on the wagering game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150038212
    Abstract: Provided is a mixed-math slot machine game having a reels-first base game and a mystery bonus feature with prize-first game logic. After any winning play of the base game, the reels have the possibility of re-spinning a number of times, with the preferred version varying the re-spins from one to four times, for example. If this happens, the game screen informs the player that he or she has been awarded the bonus. While this bonus is triggered by the first base game spin of the reels, the possible prizes it awards are statistically weighted based on the amount of the initial base game prize from the winning reel stop. Various ways of implementing the change of gaming logic are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Alexander Watkins
  • Patent number: 8905835
    Abstract: A method for conducting bingo games includes using a server to collect game play requests from a plurality of electronic player stations. The server determines if a group of the collected game play requests meets one or more predefined conditions for establishing a quorum, and if so conducts a game with the group of game play requests. Even after the game is started, the server continues to collect game play requests in preparation for conducting additional games. When enough game play requests are collected, the server starts the next game, even if previous games are still in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Gary L. Loebig, Rodney L. Willyard, Naveen Malhotra, Martin A. Keane, Joseph R. Enzminger, Jefferson C. Lind, Gordon T. Graves
  • Patent number: 8905841
    Abstract: A convertible in-revenue and out-of-revenue gaming system is disclosed that includes a server connected to automatically convert operating modes and control in-revenue and out-of-revenue operation of one or more banks of gaming machines wherein each of the gaming machines includes a video camera connected to capture live player video feed during competition or tournament operating mode, and each of the gaming machines is operable to display a tournament game presentation simultaneously with a player dashboard. The player dashboard includes a display of the live player video, the player position, the player score, and remaining time in the competition or tournament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Carpenter, Keith Riggs, Allison Pope, Michael D. Conway, Clint Owen, Bradley W. Johnson, JP Cody
  • Patent number: 8900045
    Abstract: A gaming system, apparatus, and method are disclosed including a game feature with one or more symbol selection gamepieces, preferably presented as a graphical “Eye of the Pharaoh,” which, when activated, causes a moving graphical effect to sequentially select various symbols in the gaming array. An interactive player input or a timeout may end the sequential selections, after which the symbol selection gamepiece selects a final selected symbol, on which is based a special award. Perceived-skill and actual-skill versions are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: William Garretsen, Brian Watkins, Clint Owen
  • Patent number: 8894480
    Abstract: A tournament game, gaming machine, gaming system and method are disclosed wherein a player-interactive bonus feature is triggered and displayed simultaneously with a tournament game presentation and a bonus award is paid responsive to a player selecting a displayed bonus target, such as a balloon. The bonus award is paid in addition to any award payable based on the tournament game outcome. The award may be non-credit prizes redeemed in various ways such as printing a coupon at the player machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley W. Johnson, John J. Carpenter, JP Cody
  • Patent number: 8851981
    Abstract: A gaming system and method is disclosed that includes a personalized tournament or group event hosting website wherein players may participate in or organize one or more groups and/or associated group events online or at participating casinos, invite friends and acquaintances to join one or more groups, accept or extend invitations to play in tournaments or competitions, and, set up and enter tournaments or competitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Ramsey, Bradley W. Johnson, JP Cody