Patents Examined by Jay Trent Liddle
  • Patent number: 11369866
    Abstract: A positional tracking system for tracking a user includes: a plurality of tracking units to be worn by a user, a tracking unit identification unit operable to identify the plurality of tracking units, and a position identification unit operable to identify a position of a user in dependence upon the location of the plurality of tracking units, where each of the plurality of tracking units is operable to transmit a signal that may be used to locate that tracking unit, and wherein the transmitted signal comprises information identifying the transmitting tracking unit and its position and/or orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew William Walker
  • Patent number: 11373075
    Abstract: A game token money includes a plurality of plastic layers laminated through thermocompression bonding including at least a colored layer in the middle to specify a value of the game token money and a pair of pale color layers laminated on both sides of the colored layer. An RFID is embedded in a layer other than the outermost layer of the plurality of plastic layers; and a classification part is filled in at least one of the pale color layers to indicate a classification of the game token money. The classification part is recognizable from a side face and a front face of the game token money. The RFID contains information regarding a value of the game token money and a classification of the game token money indicated by the classification part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ANGEL GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 11369878
    Abstract: Systems and methods to effectuate challenges between unique digital articles, the challenges being evaluated based on particular real-world information, are disclosed. Exemplary implementations may execute instances of a game; manage player accounts associated with the players, including a first and a second player account associated with a first and a second player; present a first user interface to a first player that enables the first player to define an objective for a challenge between a first and a second unique digital article, define one or more stakes for this challenge, and invite the second player to partake in this challenge, record executable code on a permanent registry to evaluate the challenge, based on real-world information; and responsive to the first or second unique digital article winning the challenge, distribute the one or more stakes to the first or second player, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Mythical, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Koch, John Linden
  • Patent number: 11358056
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method, device, and storage medium for controlling a virtual object. The method includes obtaining, by a device, a first virtual feature and a second virtual feature, a virtual object in a virtual scene comprising the first virtual feature and the second virtual feature. The device includes a memory storing instructions and a processor in communication with the memory. The method further includes obtaining, by the device, a first physical force matching the first virtual feature and a second physical force matching the second virtual feature; and controlling, by the device according to the first physical force, the first virtual feature to perform a first action, and controlling, according to the second physical force, the second virtual feature to perform a second action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhenchao Ru, Ying Sha, Jing Zhao
  • Patent number: 11358062
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for recommending a proposed hardware configuration to a first user in response to determining that a performance aspect of the first user having a first hardware configuration playing a multiplayer game is worse than a performance aspect of a second user having a second hardware configuration jointly playing the multiplayer game. The proposed hardware configuration is generated based on the first hardware configuration and the second hardware configuration and caused to be displayed on a device of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajendran Pichaimurthy, Dolphin Masilamany Santha, Prakash Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 11351466
    Abstract: A system and method for customizing a replay of one or more game events in a video game is provided. During a gameplay session, a trigger event is detected prompting a replay of the trigger event in-game. One or more system-defined customization templates and/or user-defined customization templates may be applied to customize the trigger event replay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, ING.
    Inventor: Michael Condrey
  • Patent number: 11354981
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a gaming system is disclosed that comprises at least one display, a game controller that includes at least one processor and at least one memory device. The at least one memory device stores computer-readable instructions for controlling the at least one processor to cause a symbol array to be selected and displayed on the at least one display in a display area, the symbol array including a plurality of selected symbols from each reel of a plurality of reels at respective symbol locations of the display area. The processor also causes a character to always be displayed, and causes the character to interact with the symbol display area based on defined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia PTY Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Crispino, Natalie Bryant, Philip Seifert, Nicole Hedley, Ronald Dy, Doanh Dang
  • Patent number: 11351455
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are provided for interconnecting plugins of a content overlay engine that is executed with a video game. In an example system, a data manager that includes a plugin manager and an event reporting orchestrator is executed concurrently with the video game. The plugin manager identifies a set of plugins that includes at least a consumer plugin and a producer plugin coupled to the data manager. The plugin manager also identifies an event type that is to be reported to the consumer plugin. The event reporting orchestrator receives a notification of a first event from the producer plugin during execution of the video game, and determines if the first event is of the event type to be reported to the consumer plugin. If the first event is of the event type, information associated with the first event is reported to the consumer plugin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Arunabh Verma, Eric S. Hamilton, Kripal Kavi
  • Patent number: 11354980
    Abstract: A described gaming system implements an arrangement wherein, as part of a first base game instance, a gaming device is caused to include, at a first symbol position of a symbol array to be implemented by a gaming device, a first Wild symbol at a first symbol position on a reel of a plurality of reels; and, as part of a second base game instance following the first game instance, a modification of the reel of the plurality of reels is performed to move the first Wild symbol into a second symbol position different than the first symbol position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia PTY Limited
    Inventors: Philip Seifert, Natalie Bryant, Nicole Hedley, Ronald Dy, Doanh Dang, Oliver Crispino
  • Patent number: 11338208
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing program for causing a computer to realize: a joint-event generation management unit that consumes a first parameter and generates a joint event; a number-of-players determination unit that determines an upper-limit number of players allowed to participate in the joint event; a joint-event participation management unit that consumes a second parameter and that permits other players to participate in the joint event; a privilege management unit that grants an execution privilege for the joint event to a player; a joint-event execution control unit that starts the execution of the joint event when replies have been accepted from all the players except the player who has been granted the execution privilege; a reward providing unit that provides a reward to each player; and a joint-event number-of-times checking unit that checks whether the number of times for execution of the joint event has reached the upper-limit number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CYGAMES, INC.
    Inventors: Eiji Nakanishi, Yu Hinai
  • Patent number: 11331583
    Abstract: A method and a system for recommending a teammate for a team game are provided. The method includes the following: searching game data, where the game data includes a plurality of game evaluation parameters; choosing a target parameter from the game evaluation parameters, where a correlation between the target parameter and at least one game experience index is greater than a correlation between remaining parameters and the at least one game experience index; automatically selecting a target role position according to the target parameter and a first game role position of a chosen game role; automatically selecting a target game role according to the target role position; and recommending a player to be teamed up who plans to use the target game role to play the game as a teammate according to the target game role.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Pin-Cyuan Lin, Sheng-Wei Chu, Chun-Hsien Li, Jun-Hong Chen, Te-Chung Huang, Tsung-Hsien Tsai, Yueh-Yarng Tsai
  • Patent number: 11331570
    Abstract: An example of an operation device includes an inertial sensor and a vibrator, transmits inertia data based on an output of the inertial sensor to an information processing apparatus, and vibrates the vibrator based on a vibration control signal received from the information processing apparatus. One or more processors of the information processing apparatus execute game processing, and in a predetermined situation in the game processing, cause the vibration control signal for vibrating the vibrator to be output from the information processing apparatus. The one or more processors, based on the inertia data from the operation device, determine whether or not the operation device is moving, and at least under the condition that it is determined that the operation device is not moving, limit the vibration so that the vibrator of the operation device is not vibrated or the vibration is weakened in the predetermined situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Suzuki, Misaki Hiraga
  • Patent number: 11331569
    Abstract: To provide an information processing device, an information processing method, a program, and an information storage medium that make it possible to reproduce vibration of a controller according to conditions of execution of a program. A play time vibration control section (44) performs control to vibrate a controller according to conditions of execution of a program. A capture control section (46) performs control to capture a moving image showing executed contents of the program. An associating section (48) associates vibration information indicating a vibration of the controller with at least part of the captured moving image, the at least part of the captured moving image being associated with an image displayed on a display section in timing in which the controller is controlled to vibrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Masaaki Sakata
  • Patent number: 11335159
    Abstract: A roulette system provides an enhanced gaming experience with: a) a wheel assembly of a bowl accommodating a roulette ball and an inner diameter of the wheel assembly; b) raised deflection elements are disposed within an annular lower track; and c) at least 37 randomly numbered receptors are on the wheel. Attached to the wheel assembly above the upper track is a panel of multicolor light elements with a direction of light emission of individual light emitting elements in the light panel oriented to direct emitted light towards the receptors, the panel circumscribing the bowl and providing at least two different color light elements. At least some of the multicolor light emitting elements varying individual light intensity of individual ones of the multicolor light emitting elements to variably color the wheel assembly. An audio system also replicates gaming sounds of roulette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: INTERBLOCK D.D.
    Inventor: Joze Pececnik
  • Patent number: 11325039
    Abstract: A method of providing an enhanced gaming experience includes steps of sensing environmental audio with at least one microphone of an earpiece, combining a game sound with the environmental audio to provide a composite audio signal, and transducing the composite audio signal at the earpiece. The game sound may be positioned within a three-dimensional audio environment. The composite audio signal may be transduced to provide a three-dimensional audio experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Maximilian Ilse, Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 11325045
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for acquiring a merged map, a storage medium, a processor, and a terminal are provided. The method includes that: a configuration file and a thumbnail are acquired in an off-line state; and maps corresponding to model components contained in each game scene are loaded during game run, and the maps corresponding to the model components contained in each game scene and the thumbnail are merged according to the configuration file to obtain a merged map corresponding to at least one game scene. The present disclosure solves technical problems in the related art that a processing efficiency of a provided map merging scheme used aiming at a game scene is lower and too much storage space is required to be occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWORK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunyu Cai
  • Patent number: 11318388
    Abstract: Computer implemented systems and methods for cross-platform spoiler blocking are provided herein. An example method includes ascertaining by a data platform data potentially available to a user of a service having a media object; identifying by the data platform at least one object revealed by the media object, the at least one object being associated with an application; receiving by the data platform metadata associated with the at least one object, the metadata indicative of whether the at least one object should be hidden from the user; determining by the data platform, based on the metadata, the at least one object is a potential spoiler; and blocking by the data platform, the user from interacting with the media object through the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Adil Sherwani, Warren Benedetto, Landon Noss, Benedikt Neuenfeldt, Yohei Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 11311798
    Abstract: A game processing apparatus displays an image of virtual space on a display that displays an image by using a sensor for identifying the position and direction of a certain body part of a player and the display. A controller in the game processing apparatus displays the image of the virtual space on the display in accordance with the position and direction of the certain body part of the player, and, when an information providing condition regarding the position and direction of the certain body part of the player is satisfied, outputs to-be-provided information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11298614
    Abstract: A method for providing gameplay of a cloud video game, including: executing a session of the cloud video game by a cloud gaming machine; establishing, over a network, a peer-to-peer connection between a streaming server and a remote client browser, the peer-to-peer connection being established in accordance with a WebRTC protocol; transmitting, over the peer-to-peer connection from the streaming server to the client browser, gameplay video generated from the executing session of the cloud video game, wherein the gameplay video is encoded in a compressed format, and wherein the gameplay video is rendered for display by the client browser, the gameplay video being rendered in substantial real-time to enable real-time gameplay of the session of the cloud video game through the client browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventor: David Posin
  • Patent number: 11291918
    Abstract: A collaborative diplomacy mechanics system for an online game is described. A player selects an ally to be engaged in a combat mode of an online social game against an enemy. The profile of the selected ally is retrieved. An ally power up weapon is generated based on the profile of the selected ally. The ally power up weapon is applied against a combat unit of an enemy of a player in the combat mode. The ally power up weapon can also be applied on a combat unit of the player in the combat mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Amer Ajami, Hans C. Yang, Michael John Goodwin, Gregory Anthony Black