Patents Examined by Pierre E. Elisca
  • Patent number: 10089834
    Abstract: A delivery method for providing supplemental slot machine output content through a slot machine has been developed. The method includes offering slot machine output content that has been tested by a gaming commission and offering supplemental slot machine output content that has not been tested by the gaming commission. A separation is maintained between the tested content and the untested content with a software construct that prevents the untested content from changing the tested content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Aim Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas M. Okuniewicz
  • Patent number: 10086287
    Abstract: A method to leverage a gaming infrastructure to encourage actions in a non-virtual environment to achieve virtual world benefits, the method may include participant installs an application on smart phone; the participant sets up an account on Gameco servers; application interacts with Gameco servers; Gameco servers provide participant opportunities to acquire virtual world benefits by completing certain real world activities or choices; participants acts or choses; and, participant is provided a virtual reward by Gameco.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Krietzman, Andrew Robinson
  • Patent number: 10086286
    Abstract: Systems and methods for capturing participant likeness for a video game character are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method comprises receiving, at a pose generation system, multiple videos of one or more live events, the multiple videos recorded from a plurality of camera angles. A target participant may be identified, at the pose generation system, in the multiple videos. A set of poses may be generated, at the pose generation system, of the target participant from the multiple videos, the set of poses associated with a movement type or game stimulus. The set of poses may be received, at a model processing system, from the pose generation system. The method may further comprise generating, at the model processing system, a graphic dataset based on the set of poses, and storing, at the model processing system, the graphic dataset to assist in rendering gameplay of a video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventors: Roy Harvey, Tom Waterson
  • Patent number: 10089820
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing hybrid keno or lotto games to online players. A keno or lotto server receives electronic indications of actual keno or lotto balls drawn by a person or a ball drawing machine from a set of physical keno or lotto balls and eliminates electronic keno or lotto ball values from an electronic set of keno or lotto ball values corresponding to the physical keno or lotto balls stored in a memory. The game server further randomly selects electronic keno or lotto ball values from the electronic set of keno or lotto ball values stored in memory, less any electronic ball values corresponding to physical keno or lotto balls already drawn by the person or ball drawing machine. Finally, electronic keno or lotto ball values not already drawn by the live person or ball drawing machine are provided to the online players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: 10089608
    Abstract: An exemplary method comprises receiving information associated with a game-playing transaction conducted between a user device and a game-playing terminal, wherein the game-playing transaction is associated with a request for playing a game; determining a location of the user device associated with the game; determining the user device is located in an approved location associated with the game; and processing the game-playing transaction based on determining the user device is located in the approved location associated with the game. The game-playing transaction is conducted on a first communication interface, and the information associated with the game-playing transaction is received on a first or second communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LINQ3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Cage, John Minutaglio, Roy Leach, David Tashjian
  • Patent number: 10080970
    Abstract: A game system has one or more network-connected servers executing system software (SSW) on one or more processors from a non-transitory medium, providing virtual reality games for players logged in to the system to select and play, and a plurality of mobile digital devices in use by players logged in to the system, associated by the system with individual player identity, executing a mobile application (MA) enabled to interact with the SSW, and equipped with GPS tracking. The MA reports GPS coordinates for individual ones of the plurality of players to the SSW periodically, and the SSW identifies clusters of players based on pre-programmed geography limitations, and uses cluster data for various interactions between players and the system, and between players and other players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Roblox Corporation
    Inventor: Antoni Choudhuri
  • Patent number: 10078937
    Abstract: A gaming machine is provided, including a display, a credit input device, a non-transitory memory, and a processor. The display is configurable to selectively present a centrally determined game and a non-centrally determined game. The credit input device is used to establish a credit balance for wagering on the centrally determined game and the non-centrally determined game. The non-transitory memory stores a centrally determined game engine and a non-centrally determined game engine. The processor is coupled to the non-transitory memory and the display, and is configured to select a game engine from the centrally determined game engine and the non-centrally determined game engine, and execute the selected game engine and a corresponding game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: VIDEO GAMING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: William Harvie, Christopher Rowe
  • Patent number: 10071299
    Abstract: Generally, described are methods, apparatuses and systems for a recommendation engine which determines a recommendation based upon a terrestrial parameter and an overall factor unrelated to the terrestrial parameter. The recommendation engine may receive as inputs: (1) some data relating to the terrestrial parameter and (2) some data relating to user operation of a mechanical device. An overall factor may be calculated or obtained, at least in part, from the data relating to user operation of the mechanical device. And based upon the data relating to the terrestrial parameter and the overall factor, a recommendation may be determined and transmitted. In one embodiment, as part of the transmission process, the recommendation may be displayed to a user requesting the recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Ripp, Michael J. Kline
  • Patent number: 10071306
    Abstract: A virtual reality tracking system accurately determines one or more controller orientations using data from tracking cameras and/or an inertial measurement unit (IMU) embedded in each controller. Each controller has two or more distinctive light-emitting tracking markers. The tracking system determines the locations of the tracking markers based on the location of tracking markers in tracking camera's images. The tracking system determines the controller orientation using the locations of the tracking markers and orientation data from the IMU. When the camera views of the markers are obstructed the tracking system relies solely on the less-accurate orientation data from the IMU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ZERO LATENCY PTY LTD
    Inventor: Scott Vandonkelaar
  • Patent number: 10065122
    Abstract: A first content item instance may be played by one or more participants and may be presented by one or more first compute nodes to the one or more participants. Information associated with the first content item instance may be collected. The information may include, for example, game state, user inputs, and other information associated with the first content item instance. The information may be provided as input to a second content item instance executing at one or more second compute nodes. Audio and/or video information output by the second content item instance may then be collected, and data including the collected information may be transmitted to one or more third compute nodes for presentation to spectators. Spectator feedback may be received and provided back to the first content item instance, which may be presented based, at least in part, on the spectator feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Joshua Lawson, Patrick Gilmore, Michael Donges, Joseph Conlin Connors, Rosen Ognyanov Baklov, Eric Schenk
  • Patent number: 10065112
    Abstract: The present application relates to a clamping type game operating handle. The clamping type game operating handle comprises a left handgrip, a right handgrip and a bearing balance seat, the right handgrip and the left handgrip are mutually complementary in structure; and the left handgrip (10) utilizing the front tension spring (40) and the right handgrip (20) utilizing the back tension spring (50) perform telescopic movement in the left-right direction corresponding to the bearing balance seat (30). According to the clamping type game operating handle, a user can stably fix an electronic device by gripping the handgrips, thereby preventing palms or fingers from excessively occupying a limited screen space of the electronic device, not only ensuring the experience effect of a game, but also fully releasing the palms or the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SAITAKE ELECTRONIC CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Siming Guo
  • Patent number: 10065124
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture to perform an operation comprising receiving speech data via a network, modifying the speech data based on a profile associated with a toy device, wherein the modified speech data represents a voice of the toy device, and outputting the modified speech data via a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Blade A. Olson
  • Patent number: 10058770
    Abstract: A system enables wagering method on random outcome events including Sic Bo. The system includes: a) two distinct sets of three dice in each set, one set being a set of three standard dice, and another set of special image dice with images on each face; b) a surface for moving and stopping the two distinct sets of three dice in each set; c) at least two wagering positions; d) three separate paytables, for the random outcome for the first set of dice. Second set of dice and combined two sets of dice; and e) wherein the first set of dice comprises standard six-faced dice and the second set of dice comprises a first die, a second die and a third die with each of the second set of dice having at least one face with a unique symbol that does not include numbers or art indicating 1 through six.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Weng I. Chan, Daniel L. Sahl
  • Patent number: 10055931
    Abstract: Gaming system and method for online gaming on at least one gaming machine. The method includes providing and streaming a video of the gaming machine, which is to be remotely played by a user, displaying the video at a client station of the user, receiving from the client station input data including data indicative of the user's interaction with controls of the gaming machine which appearing in the video, and activating the gaming machine based on the input data. In certain embodiment of the invention the input data is indicative of one or more regions of the video at which controls of the gaming machine appear and with which the user interacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SOFTWEAVE LTD.
    Inventors: Roy Greenbaum, Doron Midrashi
  • Patent number: 10052561
    Abstract: A method includes steps of admitting a first player and a second player to play an on-line video game implemented in a virtual environment, establishing a definition of proximity for any two objects or avatars in the virtual environment, tracking location in the video game for each player avatar or object controlled by a player, noting an event each time the two players are in proximity, as defined by the proximity definition, recording time period that the two players are in proximity for each event, and issuing to one or both players a Friend suggestion for the other player, based on proximity events and time in proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Roblox Corporation
    Inventor: Antoni Choudhuri
  • Patent number: 10049165
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel system and method for social play. The novel system and method includes a non-transitory machine readable storage medium containing instructions to cause a machine to send a request to a plurality of subscribers who fit a first profile to play a physical sport at a first venue and during a first time period. The first profile comprises at least one criteria and is partially set by a sender of the request and in part configured by default settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Kavita Ramchandani Snyder
  • Patent number: 10051084
    Abstract: A local device obtains at least one instruction for execution by a remote device (e.g., instructions to render a game screen of a video game). A packet representing the at least one instruction is created, and released towards the remote device. Creation of the packet involves consulting a packet dictionary to determine whether a packet index has already been assigned to the at least one instruction. If this is the case, the packet is formulated so that it contains the packet index; otherwise, the packet is formulated to include a function identifier and a set of parameters, which are associated with the at least one instruction. Since fewer bits are needed to encode the packet index than to encode the function identifier and the set of parameters, transmitted packets can be condensed when they represent at least one instruction for which a packet had previously been transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Cyril Perrin, Tetsuji Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10043345
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a game having a paytable selection feature which may be implemented with a primary or base game, a secondary or bonus game, or both. In one embodiment, the gaming device employs an initial paytable and enables a player pay a fee to purchase a different paytable for a plurality of plays of the game. If the player chooses to purchase a different paytable, the gaming device determines a game outcome for a plurality of plays of the game and provides any awards based on the different paytable. If the player does not choose to select a different paytable, the gaming device determines a game outcome for each of those plays and provides any awards based on the initial paytable. In one embodiment, the player has the opportunity to see the different paytable prior to paying the fee to purchase it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 10043343
    Abstract: An gaming apparatus, systems and methods with a remote redemption option including a payment acceptance device for accepting payment from a player; at least one display screen that displays symbols, a player's balance and game status information; at least one electronic game module for storing gaming information, operating a game and/or determining a redemption amount to a player; a control electronics in communication with the at least one electronic game module for processing the redemption amount to the player; and a payout dispenser for dispensing a redemption voucher to the player. The disclosure also includes an exchange center having an exchange point of sale within a store having at least one gaming device, wherein the exchange center accepts the redemption voucher as payment for an item of value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Todd Jordan
  • Patent number: 10039981
    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: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PEXS LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Dugan, Steven M. Santisi, Jean Pierre Latrille, Lieven Nuyttens