Network Type (e.g., Computer Network, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/42)
  • Patent number: 10315117
    Abstract: An exemplary posted information sharing system includes: a game processing unit configured to execute a multiplayer game application through a plurality of users each using a terminal; a group formation unit configured to form a playgroup for playing the game application, wherein the game processing unit includes: a group formation request unit configured to output, to the group formation unit, a playgroup formation request that specifies a group, according to input of the terminals, wherein the group formation unit is configured to form the users of terminals that specify the same group into a playgroup, based on the specified group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Mizuki, Hideki Konno, Hideto Yuzawa, Shunsaku Kato
  • Patent number: 10315114
    Abstract: A system, a machine-readable storage medium storing instructions, and a computer-implemented method are described herein for a System Tuner for customizing a player's experience. The System Tuner creates an optimal game model based on game-related data of a plurality of players. The optimal game model corresponds to a player segment in the plurality of players. The System Tuner generates one or more rules for building a game variant based on the optimal game model. The System Tuner detects a first player accessing the game. The System Tuner determines a particular player segment to which the player belongs. The System Tuner generates a game variant based on an optimal game model for the particular player segment and sends the game variant to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Anshul Dhawan, Michael Gauthier, Oliver Attila Tabay, Jeffrey Zakrzewski
  • Patent number: 10311669
    Abstract: Techniques involving awarding subsequent plays using results of previous plays. One representative technique includes dealing a first poker hand to a player, and determining if the first poker hand includes at least one qualifying card. When the first hand includes a qualifying card, the qualifying card is duplicated into a second poker hand. Additional cards are dealt to the second poker hand to complete the second poker if needed. Awards are then presented for the first and second poker hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Chad Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10307680
    Abstract: A game system for running a game with access to rich media content for at least one player includes one or more gaming consoles that are connected to a network with a content server that is in communication with the gaming console. The content server provides rich media content through a network for use with the user-play game. A content information receiver, disposed in the gaming console and connected to the network, receives the rich media content provided from the content server. A compositor is used to composite the rich media content with the game, and a game executer, that is provided in the gaming console, executes the game while involving the at least one player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, LP
    Inventor: Joseph B. Weinman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10311918
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for synchronization of independent sensors and recording devices are provided. A method includes recording, through a synchronizing sensor, sensor data detected from an event. The method may further output from the synchronizing sensor, the sensor data from the event and a periodic synchronizing signal. The method also generates, from a recorder, recorded event data comprising the periodic synchronizing signal and first additional data recorded from the event. The method outputs the recorded event data from the recorder. The method receives the sensor data from the event and the recorded event data. The method synchronizes according to the periodic synchronizing signal, at the computing device, the recorded event data and the sensor data from the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Ernie L. Gillespie, Scott A. Bass, Gary Gesmundo
  • Patent number: 10303718
    Abstract: A system for selecting videos includes a computer having a display, the computer having a search engine and a database operably associated with the computer, the database being configured to store a plurality of videos and the computer being configured to show the plurality of videos via the display. The search engine includes a first search toggle bar of age preference and having a plurality of icons indicating the age preference; a second search toggle bar of a type of sporting event and having a plurality of sporting event icons; a third search toggle bar of a type of team and having a plurality of team icons; and a fourth search toggle bar of a type of unique feature of the type of sporting event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Robert A. Hollmann
  • Patent number: 10300391
    Abstract: A management device includes: a controller configured to control an invitation processing for introducing a first application from a first terminal of a first user to a second terminal of a second user. The first application and a second application have been executed in the first terminal. The first and second users are inter-related with respect to the second application. The controller further includes: an invitation request receiver configured to receive, from the first terminal of the first user, an invitation request information for inviting the second user to the first application; and an invitation notifier configured to transmit, to the second terminal of the second user, an invitation notification information that is based on the invitation request information for inviting the second user that has been received by the invitation request receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinsaku Inukai, Daisuke Sato, Masato Miyazaki, Kenshiro Hanamoto, Hiroyuki Hosoyama
  • Patent number: 10290183
    Abstract: In at least some aspects, a method includes the acts of operating a wagering game with a player on a first game platform, suspending the wagering game operating on the first game platform at a game state, automatically authenticating the player at a second game platform different than the first game platform, resuming the wagering game from the game state on the second game platform, and operating the resumed wagering game with the player differently on the second game platform than on the first game platform, the second game platform having one or more different components than the first game platform to cause the wagering game to be operated differently on the second game platform than the first game platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter R. Anderson, Vincent P. Chan, Mark B. Gagner, Daniel Murphy, Larry Pacey, Craig J. Sylla, Matthew J. Ward
  • Patent number: 10291685
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for controlling running of a service are described. The method includes: acquiring service running information of a service on a client, the service running information including a service running parameter and a service running status, and the service running status including a running state or a non-running state; determining, when the service running status of the service is the running state, a service control mode of the service according to the service running parameter and a preset service control mode list; and performing feedback control on the service according to the service control mode of the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Liang Shang
  • Patent number: 10286315
    Abstract: An apparatus for recording application state information over time while simultaneous recording application streaming interactive video output. A playback means in which the recorded application video may be played back or the application may be re-executed with the application state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Stephen G. Perlman, Roger van der Laan
  • Patent number: 10279265
    Abstract: A system, a machine-readable storage medium storing instructions, and a computer-implemented method are described herein for a System Tuner for customizing a player's experience. The System Tuner creates an optimal game model based on game-related data of a plurality of players. The optimal game model corresponds to a player segment in the plurality of players. The System Tuner generates one or more rules for building a game variant based on the optimal game model. The System Tuner detects a first player accessing the game. The System Tuner determines a particular player segment to which the player belongs. The System Tuner generates a game variant based on an optimal game model for the particular player segment and sends the game variant to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Anshul Dhawan, Michael Gauthier, Oliver Attila Tabay, Jeffrey Zakrzewski
  • Patent number: 10279271
    Abstract: A system and method for providing virtual items to users of an online game operated in a virtual space. Multiple users may participate in affiliations or alliances of discrete groups of users in an online game and may access the online game through client computing platforms associated with the users. The affiliations may have affiliation game units associated with affiliations which provide a benefit to the members of the online game. Affiliation members may cumulatively obtain affiliation game units and/or upgrade affiliation game units by providing one or more virtual items. Upgrading affiliation game units may require the cooperation of multiple members of the affiliation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Tsao, John Kim, David McNeill, Albert Wei, Christopher Yu, Kevin Chanthasiriphan
  • Patent number: 10279258
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to facilitating presentation of a combination of virtual units as a single entity during a battle in an online game. A user may be in control of and/or be associated with a first set of virtual units in the game space of the online game. Some of the virtual units of the user may be involved in a battle facilitated in the game space. A plurality of the virtual units controlled by and/or associated with the user may be combined as a single virtual entity, such that the plurality of virtual units is portrayed in the view of the game space of the online game as the single virtual entity. The attributes of the single virtual entity in the game space may be dictated by the collective set of attributes of the respective virtual units of the plurality of virtual units combined as the single virtual entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: John Kim, Kevin Chanthasiriphan, Joshua Forester, David McNeill
  • Patent number: 10284614
    Abstract: A method for downloading content of an electronic device and an electronic device thereof are provided. The method includes forming a network group with a guest terminal as a host terminal, acquiring a content download performance of the guest terminal, determining a quantity of content to be downloaded to the guest terminal, and transmitting a message for requesting the determined quantity of content to be downloaded to the guest terminal separately and a remaining quantity of content to be downloaded to the host terminal to a content provider server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyung-Hoo Ryu
  • Patent number: 10277550
    Abstract: Techniques to increase engagement with a social networking system. In one embodiment, activities are prioritized based on relatedness to a user. References associated with at least a portion of the prioritized activities are created. The references are categorized into a plurality of types. The reference types may include notifications, friend identifications, and top stories. The references are embedded in digest communications for the user. Descriptive information about the activities are omitted from the digest communications. Digest communications for the user are provided during a time period when the user is not engaged with the social networking system. Notifications for a user are ceased when a level of engagement of the user with the social networking system is less than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Y. Chen, Emily B. Grewal, Ziqing Mao, Denise Moreno, Kiranjit Singh Sidhu, Amylee Thibodeau
  • Patent number: 10275994
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for game play using virtual players, sometimes referred to herein as vBots, where they may have images including those of real world personalities, such as sports personalities, is disclosed. In one aspect, a method for game play involves the use of the system electronic system environment described herein, wherein one or more virtual players are displayed to the player of the game, preferably, the virtual players have differing play characteristics, receiving from the user association with a selection of a virtual player, displaying a simulated game using the virtual players, identifying a subset of the virtual players as being winners of the simulated game, and awarding a win to the lottery user if the selected virtual player is in the subset of virtual players. In one aspect, a team may be formed in which real life sports personalities images are utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MILESTONE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Randall M. Katz, Gary Dawson
  • Patent number: 10275981
    Abstract: A system for interactive gaming among a plurality of players includes a host computer system and a plurality of player terminals communicably coupled to the host computer system or gaming platform via a network. The plurality of player terminals may be located at a plurality of licensed gaming locations. The plurality of player terminals may be configured to engage the plurality of players in a common interactive game operated by the host computer system. The plurality of player terminals can include means for dispensing player winnings from the player terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AG 18, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Frenkel, Jordan Simons
  • Patent number: 10272345
    Abstract: A storing section stores an invitation message giving an invitation to an application to be executed by another information processing apparatus. An information displaying section displays the invitation messages on a display device. At this point, the information displaying section displays a valid invitation message and an invalid invitation message in a manner different from each other. The information displaying section may further display an unread invitation message and a read invitation message in a manner different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Motoki Kobayashi, Shigeru Enomoto, Nobukazu Koyama, Yuji Nakamura, Akitsugu Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10272341
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for generating game levels based on estimated quality score. For example, a set of training data can be retrieved that specifies attributes and quality scores for each of a plurality of game levels. One embodiment trains a machine learning model for the gaming application using the set of training data. A plurality of generated game levels are generated using a procedural level generation algorithm. Embodiments can determine, for each generated game level, a respective quality score, using the trained machine learning model, and upon determining that the quality score for the generated game level exceeds a threshold level of quality, can select the game level for transmission to a client of the gaming application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Blackwell
  • Patent number: 10275991
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention generally relate to operating a gaming machine to generate a wager-based video slot game. In a particular embodiment, a plurality of video slot reel games can be generated simultaneously and independently of one another. For example, nine video slot reel games can be generated simultaneously. In each of the video slot reel games, the symbols falling on one or more pay lines can be evaluated for winning combinations. In addition, a secondary array, such as a three by three array, can be populated with symbols that were presented in the plurality of video slot reel games. The symbols appearing in the secondary array can be presented to display like an additional video slot game. The symbols falling on one or more pay lines through the secondary array can be evaluated for winning combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Lee Craig
  • Patent number: 10269218
    Abstract: A method of providing prescheduling of the betting action in advance of a user turn in an online card game services performed by a game service server, the method including: providing a first user interface displaying betting options on a first user terminal, each of the betting options including a betting action associated with a betting action of an opponent having a higher-priority; receiving a user input selecting a first betting option from the betting options; receiving a second betting action of the opponent from a second user terminal; determining whether the predetermined condition is satisfied by comparing the betting action of the opponent of the predetermined condition with the second betting action, before the user turn; and executing automatically a first betting action in response to determining the predetermined condition is satisfied on the user turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NHN Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Ki Yong Kim, Tae Jong Lee
  • Patent number: 10265625
    Abstract: A system, a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium storing instructions, and a computer-implemented method to provide efficient game access is described. A request to access a first game using a first primary identifier is received. An internal identifier and a game identifier associated with the first primary identifier are accessed. A request to access a second game using a second primary identifier is received. An internal identifier and a game identifier associated with the second primary identifier are accessed. A determination that the first and second primary identifiers are associated with a particular player is made. An association between the internal identifiers is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Lavery, Rahul Kapur, Mohan Reddy, Scott D. MacGregor, Jeffrey Zakrzewski
  • Patent number: 10270552
    Abstract: Systems and methods of gathering, processing, and distributing information of a sporting event over a wireless network covering the sporting event, including a first portable device carried by a spotter of the sporting event to acquire global positioning system (GPS) data corresponding to the first portable device, to receive input data regarding status of the sporting event from the spotter, and to transmit the GPS and input data over the network, and a second portable device carried by a patron of the sporting event to receive the transmitted data, and to selectively display graphical representations of the transmitted data according to an input from the patron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Arthur B. Long, III
  • Patent number: 10265622
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that incorporate teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, presenting at a display of a computer device a first graphical user interface depicting a game space of a gaming application, receiving a detected stimulation from a mobile communication device associated with a second graphical user interface depicting a virtual peripheral controller for capturing control information for controlling the gaming application, detecting a request to swap between the computer device and mobile communication device presentation of the first graphical user interface depicting the game space and the second graphical user interface depicting the virtual peripheral controller, and presenting at the display of the computer device an adaptation of the second graphical user interface depicting the virtual peripheral controller responsive to the detected request to swap. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Jacob Wolff-Petersen, Ed Guntin
  • Patent number: 10265628
    Abstract: Affiliated players in an online game often coordinate activity and communication in the online game. Affiliated players may want to coordinate activities and/or communicate with each even when one or more affiliated players may not be logged into the online game. Further, persons of higher status in an affiliation may want to control the extent to which other players in the affiliation are sent messages external to the game. As such, one aspect of the disclosure relates to facilitating communication to a group of related players of an online game outside of communication mediums available via the game, where the ability to communicate and the type of communication may depend upon permissions associated with a player in a group of affiliated players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Clifford J. Harrington
  • Patent number: 10258890
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a fantasy sports game. In some embodiments, an expected performance value may be determined. In some embodiments, a same player may appear multiple times in a team. Various other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTERACTIVE GAMES LLC
    Inventors: Lee Amaitis, Phillip Flaherty, Andrew Garrood
  • Patent number: 10258887
    Abstract: A gaming headset receives a plurality of audio channels during play of a particular game, determines an identity and/or an age of a gamer that is wearing the gaming headset, and configures operation of the gaming headset based on the determined identity and/or age of the gamer. The gaming headset logs into the particular game using credentials associated with the determined identity and/or age, and selects settings based on the determined identity and/or age of the gamer that is wearing the gaming headset. One or more sensors communicatively coupled to the gaming headset may be activated and information received from the sensors is utilized to determine the identity and/or the age of the gamer that is wearing the gaming headset. The sensors determine, for example, the head size, ear size, voice characteristics and/or biometric information for the gamer that is wearing the gaming headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Michael Jessup
  • Patent number: 10255753
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing hybrid draw poker games to online players, where electronic indications of an initial set of physical cards and electronic indications of a contingent set of physical cards that are dealt by a live dealer at a physical gaming table. The electronic indications of the initial set of physical cards are provided to one or more online players over a network. The gaming server receives an indication from one of the remote players to discard one or more card values associated of the initial set of physical cards. The gaming server then assigns one or more physical cards of the contingent set of physical cards as first replacement cards to the remote player, and then determines a final game value for the remote player based on the initial physical cards not discarded by the first remote player and the one or more first replacement cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: 10255748
    Abstract: A system and method include a database configured to store results of wagers on at least one prior game for a plurality of players, a first server, a second server, and an application executable by a user computing device processor. The first server queries the database to receive the results of the wagers and to determine a ranked list of leaders based at least in part on the results of the wagers. The application presents the ranked list of leaders to a user, enables the user to select one of the leaders, and transmits data representative of the selected leader to the first server. The second server receives the selected leader from the first server and automatically links the user with the selected leader such that when the leader places a wager, the second server automatically places the same wager on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: John English
  • Patent number: 10255765
    Abstract: Various aspects described for implementing tournament hybrid arcade/wager-based gaming techniques via computer networks, including one or more casino gaming networks. The tournament hybrid arcade/wager-based game may include a non-wager based gaming portion and a wager-based gaming portion. One or more players are able to concurrently engage in continuous game play of the non-wager based gaming portion during execution of wager-based gaming events which are automatically triggered based on events which occur during play of the non-wager based gaming portion. Payouts for a given wager-based game event outcome may include both monetary payouts and/or non-monetary payouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Synergy Blue, LLC
    Inventors: Georg Washington, Joe Serra
  • Patent number: 10245513
    Abstract: An approach to facilitating interface-based game-space contest generation is provided. A user interface may be provided to an administrator. The user interface may be configured to receive user inputs from the administrator that include one or more performance criteria to be associated with a contest to be provided in a game space, one or more awards to be distributed in association with the contest, and one or more qualifications to participate in the contest. A notification that relates to the contest may be provided, based on the user inputs, in the game space. Performance scores of users that participated in the contest may be determined based on the performance criteria and activities that are performed in the game space by the participating users. Automated distribution of the awards to individual ones of the participating users may be facilitated in accordance with the performance scores of the individual participating users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuexin Chu, Alex Genco, Jason Lee, Clive Henrick, Matthew Curtis, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Michael C. Caldarone
  • Patent number: 10249138
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for dynamically managing the distribution of prizes in a gaming system. In one aspect, a method includes initializing a digital interactive sweepstakes game, receiving player identification data, receiving player activity data, determining a player activity forecast based on the player activity data, updating a prizing algorithm based on the player activity forecast, applying the prizing algorithm to player activity data to identify a particular player, and distributing a prize to an account associated with the particular player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Anthony Lucci
  • Patent number: 10250691
    Abstract: A method by which a server controls a home device is provided. The method includes receiving a trigger signal generated by a sensor in a home in response to a mobile device being present at a specific location in the home, determining a home device corresponding to the specific location by using the trigger signal, selecting context information related to an operation of the determined home device from among context information received from the mobile device, and providing the selected context information to the home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-kwang Um, Young-ki Kim, Jeong-yi Park, Hyun-cheol Park, Dong-hun Shin
  • Patent number: 10249137
    Abstract: Various aspects are described herein for implementing in-game advertising, in-game product placement, and in-game promotion techniques in wager-based games conducted at an electronic gaming device of a casino gaming network. These techniques provide the ability for traditional video-type wager-based gaming machines (such as those deployed at casino gaming establishments) to be quickly and easily converted to wager-based games which support in-game advertising while still satisfying the strict regulatory compliance rules and regulations governing wager-based gaming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Synergy Blue, LLP
    Inventors: Georg Washington, Joe Serra
  • Patent number: 10242523
    Abstract: Various embodiments directed to systems and methods that enable remote play of a game hosted by a gaming machine using a mobile device are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the system includes a network in communication with the gaming machine and the mobile device, and the network includes a first wireless access point located in a first area and a second wireless access point located in a second area of a venue. Also included is a remote gaming server in communication with the gaming machine and mobile device over the network. The remote gaming server enables remote play when the mobile device is connected to the second wireless access point and prevents remote play when the mobile device is connected to the first wireless access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Martin S. Lyons, John Sommer
  • Patent number: 10238965
    Abstract: Methods and systems to identify options of secondary client devices for a device handover of game play include establishing a session of game play of a game for a primary client device by executing the game on a server for streaming video frames to the primary client device. A request is received to generate a profile of one or more secondary client devices that are identified to be local to the primary client device. The profile is configured to identify device attributes for the secondary client devices. A handover option is provided to the primary client device during game play, identifying one or more of the secondary client devices, based on the profile. A selection of a secondary client device identified by the handover option received from the primary client device causes pausing of the streaming of video frames to the primary client device, saving a game state for the game and providing an option to resume play of the game on the secondary client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Roelof Roderick Colenbrander
  • Patent number: 10244393
    Abstract: A short-range wireless network is established by direct communication between wireless devices and wireless access points to permit gambling within a casino. The short communication range of the access points assures that the wireless device is in the casino. A gaming communication link is used to exchange game play data (e.g., betting, card dealing, etc.) between a gaming controller and one or more wireless devices. Game play may be conducted between a player and the house or between a plurality of payers. In one embodiment, all communication is routed between players using the gaming controller so that the house controls the transmission of all game play data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mobilitie, LLC
    Inventors: Gary B. Jabara, Lloyd Frederick Linder, David Brett Simon
  • Patent number: 10238969
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus includes a storage device that stores state information of game contents changing according to progress of a game; a screen information generator that generates first information relating to a display of the game contents on a display screen and second information relating to a display of the state information on the display screen; an output device that outputs the first information and the second information to the display screen at a predetermined timing, respectively; and an instruction receiving device that receives a switching instruction to switch between display of the game contents and display of the state information on the display screen, wherein the screen information generator generates the second information based on latest state information stored on the storage device at a time when receiving the switching instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Inoue
  • Patent number: 10232267
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating navigation of a map in an online game are disclosed. A navigation mode may be provided to enable user to navigate the map by specifying a type of map features of interest to the user. In such a navigation mode, the user may provide directional control input for navigating the map to a map feature having a map feature type associated with the navigation mode; and the field of view of the map may jump from the present field of view to a new field of view corresponding to the map feature. The map feature may be selected because it is closer to a current location where the present field of view is taken in the direction indicated by the control input provided by the user than any other map features having the map feature type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Dong, Jun Yu
  • Patent number: 10232269
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to unlocking game content for users of an online game based on amounts of collaborative gameplay. Groups of users interacting with the online game cooperatively are identified and amounts of cooperative gameplay engaged in by the individual groups are quantified. Content in the online game is made available to the groups of users based on the quantified amounts of cooperative gameplay. In implementations, the quantification of the amount of cooperative gameplay engaged in by the groups is made independent from achievement and/or successful accomplishment of any game objective in the online game by the groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Harrington, Kent Wakeford
  • Patent number: 10235831
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system, apparatus, and method for social gaming may include a gaming machine configured to play a game of chance and produce game information. A social gaming server can be configured to communicate with the gaming machine, may establish a remote gaming session between the gaming machine and a user device, and may distribute the portion of the game information to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Binh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10235642
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to autonomous devices, and more particularly to method and system to optimally allocate warehouse procurement tasks to distributed autonomous devices. The method includes obtaining, at a coordinating agent, a global task associated with the warehouse and information associated with the robotic agents. The information includes a count and status of the robotic agents. The global task is profiled to obtain a set of sub-tasks and constraints associated with the set of sub-tasks are identified. The constraints include utilization constraint and/or pricing constraints. A distributed, decentralized optimal task allocation is performed amongst the robotic agents based on constraints to obtain optimal performance of robotic agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Ajay Kattepur, Hemant Kumar Rath, Anantha Simha, Arijit Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 10235486
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a design tool for designing a system on chip (SoC) includes hardware logic to generate one or more configuration files for a fabric of a SoC to be designed by the design tool. This logic is configured, based at least in part on user input, to generate the one or more configuration files, according to at least one of: automatic derivation of all parameters of the fabric, according to a first user selection; manual input by a user of at least some parameters of the fabric and automatic derivation of at least other parameters of the fabric, according to a second user selection; and manual input by the user of the all parameters of the fabric, according to a third user selection. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Krishnan Srinivasan, Robert P. Adler, Robert De Gruijl, Jay Tomlinson, Eric A. Geisler
  • Patent number: 10226675
    Abstract: A game surface, such as a top surface of a cornhole game, can be configured to produce a sound by using a sound system mounted on an underside of the cornhole platform. The sound system can use one or more exciters to produce sound through the top surface of each of the two cornhole platforms used for game play. In some embodiments, a communication protocol may link the two sound systems, in each of the two cornhole platforms, so that each platform generates the same sound from a single source. The sound system may be easily retro-fitted to existing cornhole game platforms or may be formed during manufacture thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: VIBES AUDIO LLC
    Inventor: Shane Wilder
  • Patent number: 10226705
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a method and system for detecting unusual performance in a game. The game has a participant. The method calculates for the participant, a performance metric. The method compares the performance metric to a threshold value. Based on the comparison, the method optionally connects to a server. In some embodiments, the connection is for uploading a set of data from the participant to the server. The server, of some embodiments, broadcasts to the participant. The broadcast is a one-way transmission. In some embodiments, the broadcast includes a distribution based on a set of sample participants. In these embodiments, the set of sample participants comprises a representative sample of all the participants in the game. The threshold value, of some embodiments, is based on the broadcast and in some embodiments, the broadcast includes a histogram. The connecting occurs, in some embodiments, when the performance metric exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: WinView, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Lockton, Mark K. Berner, Mark J. Micheli
  • Patent number: 10226706
    Abstract: A ranking method and system for providing a ranking of a game friend. The method includes registering a game friend who has joined a game service. The method further includes calculating a ranking of the user with respect to a game friend based on a ranking inquiry request received from the user terminal, and providing the user terminal with the calculated ranking of the user. The user terminal drives a game service platform associated with a plurality of games and provides some information needed for automatic friend registration and the ranking inquiry request information through the game service platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: K-INNOVATION
    Inventors: Seong Youn Joo, Kyung E Moon
  • Patent number: 10229281
    Abstract: A system for securing electronic devices includes a storage device including a storage device controller processor, at least one non-transitory machine readable storage medium in firmware of the storage device communicatively coupled to the storage device controller processor, and a monitor application comprising computer-executable instructions on the medium. The instructions are readable by the storage device controller processor. The monitor application is configured to provision one or more read-only areas of the storage device, provision a candidate copy area of the storage device, reduce a maximum capacity available for user data on the storage device by a size of the read-only areas and the candidate copy area, and secure access to the read-only areas of the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: McAfee, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian R. Pearson, Sergiu D. Ghetie, Thomas R. Bowen, Gamil A. Cain, Jason Cox, Faraz A. Siddiqi, Neeraj S. Upasani
  • Patent number: 10220321
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and system of identifying and communicating optimal fantasy sports pick(s). The methods comprise receiving, from one or more individual user(s), requests for entry into a contest; accepting said requests for entry into said contest; initiating said contest; and awarding prizes based on said ranking of users at the end of the contest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Fantech Software Inc.
    Inventors: Ofer Baazov, Michael Brooks
  • Patent number: 10213687
    Abstract: When a game operation image is displayed on a touch panel of a portable terminal, the size of a game display screen and the operation image are small and therefore the progress of a game becomes difficult. Even in the case of a terminal having only a touch panel of a limited size, an operation image having a size that affects the progress of a game as little as possible is displayed on the touch panel by superimposing the operation image on a game display screen at a position that affects the progress of the game as little as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Makoto Ishii
  • Patent number: 10218747
    Abstract: A system to identify and leverage geographically proximate client devices to reduce network traffic associated with facilitating digital collaboration sessions in a real-world environment. Embodiments enable a user to initiate a digital collaboration session and to limit participation in the digital collaboration session to client devices that are physically located within a geofence (e.g., a virtual geographic boundary). Other client devices that are located within the geofence are identified and enabled to join the digital collaboration session. participants may each use their own client device to contribute to the digital collaboration session. Participants can save individual segments of the digital collaboration session by indicating an interest immediately after the segments occur. Client devices then upload data for the segment for enhancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron James Monson, Ana Sofia Gonzalez Aguirre, Daniel Bernardo Sierra, Derrick Charles Wampler, Douglas James Lenox, Kelly Jean Graham, Kathleen Patricia Mulcahy, Laura Cabrera, Timothy David Kviz, Tyler H. Pasch