Data Storage Or Retrieval (e.g., Memory, Video Tape, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/43)
  • Patent number: 11321998
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are provided to enable casino operators to provide printed tangible items for patron uses, such as lottery tickets. Such embodiments accept tangible indicators of financial consideration from patrons, such as currency or tickets associated with certain verifiable values, such as valid and winning lottery tickets and other forms of consideration which a patron can provide to a casino in exchange for one or more points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Japan Cash Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David Kubajak, Mike Nguyen, Mark Adams
  • Patent number: 11318371
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, which may include a display unit that displays a virtual space, an operating unit that outputs input operation data associating an input operation of a user with coordinate information, and a storage unit that stores the input operation data and may execute a game where a character moves based on the input operation. The information processing apparatus may retrieve the input operation data from the storage unit, perform control including moving the character in a predetermined direction when the input operation is determined to be a first input operation and when the input operation is determined to be the second input operation, and may determine that the input operation is the second input operation when a distance, in the predetermined direction, between an intermediate point and an end or start point is larger than a distance in the predetermined direction between the start and end point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventors: Nariaki Wada, Masao Kajikawa
  • Patent number: 11311806
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that has a memory to store instructions and a processor coupled to the memory, wherein responsive to executing the instructions, the processor performs operations that include defining a group of perspectives around an avatar controlled by a player of a video game, detecting a current trigger during the video game, recording a trigger clip of game content for each perspective in the group of perspectives resulting in a group of trigger clips, wherein each trigger clip of the group of trigger clips is a portion of game content that includes the current trigger from each perspective of the group of perspectives, and providing the group of trigger clips over a communication network to a gaming device utilized by the player. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Jeffrey Nicholas Mahlmeister, Thane Kurt Woidan, Thomas J. Panfil, Tino Soelberg
  • Patent number: 11314397
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display, a timer and computing hardware configured to execute a software product. Execution of the software product results in generating and rendering a graphical user interface on the display with four or more user-selectable graphical objects. Selection of a first user-selectable graphical object at a first spatial position on the graphical user interface and a movement of the selected first user-selectable graphical object along a path towards a second user-selectable graphical object at a second spatial position is detected and a position of the first user-selectable graphical object is exchanged with the position of the second user-selectable graphical object. If, during a predetermined time period, a selection of a third user-selectable graphical object and a movement of the third user-selectable graphical object towards a fourth user-selectable graphical object is detected, the positions of the third and fourth objects is exchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Supercell Oy
    Inventors: Mikko Kodisoja, Antti Mattila, Riku Rikala, Chih-Han Hsu, Drussila Hollanda, Patrick Corander
  • Patent number: 11298615
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for: receiving, at at least one game server, an execution request for execution of a game program from a user terminal over a network and, in response, loading and executing the game program, where the execution request is associated with a play point in a video that shows previously played content of the game program; transmitting the video, by way of at least one of the at least one game server and at least one video server, to the user terminal over the network, where the video is displayed to a user of the user terminal and the execution request is initiated by the user; obtaining, at the at least one game server, certain game situation data that is identified based on the play point associated with the execution request, from a storage unit that stores respective game situation data which indicate respective situations of the game program that are associated with respective play points in the video; starting executing the game program, by the at least one game server, from a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Toshiya Ikenaga
  • Patent number: 11291915
    Abstract: A game management system is configured for automated analysis of player behavior regarding traversal of different screens and options in a game application (as opposed to exclusively gameplay behavior) and to generate an automated estimation or inference about one or more psychological aspects of player behavior, such as motivation for game engagement and/or emotional states at different stages of interaction. The results of such analysis are automatically parametrized and included in a multidimensional parametric player model that informs player clustering and/or automated customization of game content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Dicken, Johnathan Pagnutti, Yang Wen
  • Patent number: 11285380
    Abstract: An information processing method is provided. The method includes: a motion control including an area object and an operation object is provided on the GUI, and an initial position of the operation object is within a range of the area object; a first sliding touch operation is detected on the operation object, and the operation object is moved within a predetermined range according to a movement of a touch point of the first sliding touch operation; the position of the touch point is detected on the GUI, and under the condition of the position of the touch point satisfying a preset condition, an indication locking object provided on the GUI; the touch point is determined to move into a range of the indication locking object, and the operation object is controlled to enter a position-locked state; and, under the position-locked state, the virtual character is controlled to continuously move in the game scene at least according to a locking position of the operation object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWORK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Qingbo Miao
  • Patent number: 11287939
    Abstract: A gaming system and processor module are therefore adapted to support simultaneous execution of two or more operating system instances. Program code is provided for play of the game uses two or more cooperating component processes partitioned such that at least one of the component processes executes using a first operating system instance, and at least one other cooperating component process executes using a further operating system instance. Each operating system instance may execute in its own virtual machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Victor Blanco, Zoran Tomicic, Drazen Lenger
  • Patent number: 11290543
    Abstract: A scene switching method based on a mobile terminal is provided. The method includes receiving, by the mobile terminal, a first instruction by triggering a first virtual button in an application interface, the application interface displaying a first scene; outputting, by the mobile terminal, one or more identifiers of one or more to-be-selected operation objects based on the first instruction; and receiving, by the mobile terminal, a second instruction. The second instruction indicates a user selection of a first identifier from the one or more identifiers of the one or more to-be-selected operation objects, and the first identifier points to a first operation object. The method also includes switching, by the mobile terminal, the first scene displayed by the application interface to a second scene based on the second instruction, the second scene being a scene in which the first operation object is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Wei Quan
  • Patent number: 11278812
    Abstract: An example game apparatus executes an opponent information screen process of generating an image of an opponent information screen showing an opponent character and an opponent additional character, and executes a player information screen process of generating an image of a player information screen showing a player character and an additional character selected as an own additional character added to the player character according to an operational input. The image of the opponent information screen contains an opponent character image of the opponent character, an opponent additional character image of the opponent additional character, an own icon image, and an own type icon image. The image of the player information screen contains a player character image of the player character, an own additional character image of the selected own additional character, the own type icon image, an opponent icon image, and an opponent type icon image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11266916
    Abstract: A method for gaming, including receiving from a client device of a user selection of a video recording of game play of a player for a gaming application, and streaming the video recording to the client device. The video recording is associated with a snapshot captured at a first point in the recorded game play. Selection of a jump point in the recorded game play is received from the client device. An instance of the gaming application is initiated based on the snapshot to initiate a jump game play. Input commands used to direct the game play and associated with the snapshot are accessed. Image frames are generated based on the input commands for rendering at the client device, the image frames replaying the game play to the jump point. Input commands from the client device are handled beginning from the jump point for the jump game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventor: Warren Benedetto
  • Patent number: 11263814
    Abstract: This application discloses methods and apparatus for rendering a virtual channel in a multi-world virtual scene. The method includes generating a virtual scene for displaying a virtual channel, a first world, and a second world, the virtual channel being used for a render camera to move between the first and second worlds; and receiving a control request for triggering the render camera to move in the virtual scene; and identifying a location of the render camera in response to the control request to obtain a movement trajectory of the render camera during movement in the virtual scene. The method further includes detecting a world state according to the movement trajectory; determining whether the world state is an intermediate state; in response to determining the world state is the intermediate state, generating a room for accommodating the render camera; and displaying in the virtual scene the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Huifu Jiang, Feng Xue, Nan Liu, Yifan Guo, Yaning Liu
  • Patent number: 11253784
    Abstract: A terminal device includes a timer that can count a time in a virtual game, a memory that stores item information regarding a special item associated with player identification information identifying a player and a time limit in which the virtual game is executable, and a processor that performs processing for starting counting of an execution time of the virtual game on the basis of the timer when receiving an instruction input of start of the virtual game via the input interface, stopping the counting of the execution time when receiving an instruction input for the special item by the player via the input interface, resuming the counting of the execution time when a predetermined condition is satisfied in the virtual game, and terminating the virtual game when the execution time reaches the time limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Kazuki Morishita
  • Patent number: 11250660
    Abstract: A graphical user interface for a gaming console is configured to render a first graphical element in a first region that includes multiple user selectable resource objects, detect a first touching operation at a first location in the first region to select and highlight a resource, detect a first touching operation and a second touching operation in the second region, render an instance of the resource at a first and second location in the second region, determine if a time period of the first and second touching operation exceeds a predetermined time period, and if so, render multiple instances of the resource at the first and second location in the second region, wherein a number of rendered the multiple instances of the resource is determined by a duration that the time period of the second touching exceeds the predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Supercell Oy
    Inventors: John Nicholas Derome, Lassi Leppinen
  • Patent number: 11219833
    Abstract: This application discloses an information synchronization method performed at a server. The method includes: identifying a virtual scene of a game currently running at the server, the virtual scene including a virtual object, a first object and a second object within a field of view of a virtual object; obtaining first attribute information of the first object and second attribute information of the second object, in response to detecting a change of attribute information of the first object and the second object; determining a first distance between the virtual object and the first object and a second distance between the virtual object and the second object; and synchronizing the first attribute information and the second attribute information with a terminal corresponding to the virtual object based on the first distance between the virtual object and the first object and the second distance between the virtual object and the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jun Tang, Yue Zhang
  • Patent number: 11222509
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for facilitating the configuration of multigame bonuses on independent gaming devices. Accordingly, a gaming device including a display, input device, memory, and processor can be configured to be part of a multigame bonus while not requiring a direct connection to a multigame bonus controller, or to other gaming devices involved in the multigame bonus. This may be accomplished by configuring the gaming device to provide a mechanism for an operator to set up bonus parameters with a specified side wager or bet to be eligible for a particular jackpot prize. Since each gaming device can be independently set up to be part of the multigame bonus, unrelated gaming devices running different primary gaming events with different wager or game characteristics can be part of the same multigame bonus without affecting game play of the primary gaming events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 11213759
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing storage of video game content based on video game performance. A level is identified from among a sequence of playable levels of an active video game. A video of the performance of the identified level of the active video game is recorded. A video game performance metric for the identified level is determined. A greatest value of the video game performance metric stored in a database is received. In response to determining that a current value of the video game performance metric for the identified level of the active video game does not exceed the greatest value of the video game performance metric stored in a database, the recording of the video of the performance of the level of the video game is deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Rajendran Pichaimurthy, Dolphin Masilamany Santha, Prakash Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 11210697
    Abstract: Techniques for presenting a content item with a media item are described. The techniques include receiving user input indicating a placement preference for a content item to be presented with a media item. The placement preference indicates a presentation preference of the content item relative to presentation of the media item. The placement preference is used to influence selection of a media item with which the content item is to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Poorva Arankalle, Brienne M. Finger, Lin Liao, Manish Gupta, Rajas Moonka, Reuven Lax, Jill A. Huchital
  • Patent number: 11200776
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for managing a wagering system. In one exemplary embodiment, state information of a live event such as a sports game may be received in real time. During the event, a plurality of possible future states of the event and their associated probabilities (and odds) may be determined based on the state information, historical information, and current in-game information. A betting market is created for betting on the possible future states at determined odds. The betting market is closed, and winning and losing bets are resolved based on updated state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: CG TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Amaitis, Andrew Garrood, Mike Colbert, Heather Parks, Anthony Storm, Foster Barton, Thomas D. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 11185786
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a processor that facilitates a performance of operations. The operations may include obtaining an identification of an action to monitor during a gameplay associated with a game, storing a representation of a sliding window of the gameplay in a first storage medium, monitoring, by the system, for the identification of the action during the gameplay, detecting the identification of the action during the gameplay responsive to the monitoring, and responsive to the detecting, storing the representation of the sliding window of the gameplay in a second storage medium that is different from the first storage medium. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Jeffrey Nicholas Mahlmeister, Thomas J. Panfil, Thane Kurt Woidan, Michael John Lelli, Joel Wood Hunsley, Jason Robert Christian, Tino Soelberg
  • Patent number: 11184418
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for event delivery and stream processing utilizing virtual processing agents. Upon receiving an event publication in a queue, a runtime system identifies one or more virtual processing agents that might be interested in, but have not explicitly subscribed to, the published event. Event information of the published event is then delivered to the identified virtual processing agents. Prior to the actual delivery, the runtime system further determines if the virtual processing agents have been activated and activates those processing agents that have not been activated. Based on the received event information, some of the virtual processing agents might decide to explicitly submit subscriptions to receive more events from the queue. The explicit subscriptions will trigger the runtime system to deliver the subscribed events to the processing agents, which might include past events that have been published in the queue before the explicit subscription is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Hooper Somuah, Sergey Bykov, Tamir Melamed, Robert Louis Rodi, Felix Cheung, Michael William Malyuk, Andrew Alexander Hesky, Gabriel Kliot, Jorgen Thelin, Alan Stuart Geller
  • Patent number: 11169653
    Abstract: A portable information handling system selectively attaches and detaches housing portions that each include a display for presenting information as visual images. The housing portions align in an attached state to present visual images at each display aligned with each other. Upon detachment, housing portion alignment is compared with each other to present each user interface aligned in a coordinated fashion at the displays by compensating for misalignment of the housing portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Deeder M. Aurongzeb, Jung-Hwan Hong, Yulin Wang
  • Patent number: 11145126
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an artificial reality system that presents artificial reality content in the context of a physical environment that includes a mirror or other reflective surface. In one example, this disclosure describes a method that includes capturing capture data representative of a physical environment, wherein the physical environment includes a reflective surface and a plurality of objects, determining a pose of the HMD, determining a map of the physical environment, wherein the map includes position information about the reflective surface and position information about each of the plurality of physical objects in the physical environment, identifying a visible object from among the plurality of physical objects, and generating artificial reality content associated with the visible object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Austin Bramwell, Caryn Vainio, Charlene Mary Atlas, Mark Terrano
  • Patent number: 11145166
    Abstract: A system for modifying video of a live sporting event to include details of a micro market wager. A wagering platform that offers wagers on micro markets inside of a sporting event can produce personalized content for each user around highlights of their wagering experience. The modified video can be shared with the user's contacts and the user can receive shared modified videos from their contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: AdrenalineIP
    Inventors: Casey Alexander Huke, John Cronin, Joseph W. Beyers, Michael D'Andrea, Harrison Grant, Michael Baker
  • Patent number: 11135509
    Abstract: A method of providing gameplay experiences for users includes communicating with a plurality of game clients via a network, where each of the game clients is running a game application. The method further includes identifying a plurality of users of the game applications on the game clients, assigning each of the users to a team in a game instance, and assigning the users to one of a plurality of squads on the team. The method continues by initiating an activity mode in the game instance, where the activity mode includes assigning a different activity to each of the squads and tracking progress toward completion of each activity by users of the assigned squad. Upon satisfaction of the completion criteria of the activity mode, the method ends the activity mode and initiates an objective mode. The objective mode includes assigning an objective to the team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tom Whitcomb French, Andrew John Witts, Fernando Reyes Medina, Patrick Michael Wren, Zachary William Boyce
  • Patent number: 11135515
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an information processing method performed at a mobile terminal. The mobile terminal receives a skill casting request of a first virtual object sent by a first client for requesting to cast a first skill; determines a quantity of virtual objects within a field of view of the first virtual object in a virtual scene; selects a target virtual object from the field of view of the first virtual object if the quantity of virtual objects is greater than a predetermined threshold, a quantity of target virtual objects corresponding to the predetermined threshold; and determines a first broadcast notification generated in response to the skill casting request, and sends the first broadcast notification to a client of the target virtual object, the first broadcast notification being used for instructing to present an action of casting the first skill by the first virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuejun Yang, Lin Liu, Daowei Chong, Chen Li, Mianguang Liu, Chen Peng, Xuanyao Liu, Dun Xiao
  • Patent number: 11132870
    Abstract: In various embodiments, players may compete in a gaming context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: Howard W. Lutnick
  • Patent number: 11132761
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for emulation of graphics processing unit instructions. An example apparatus includes a kernel accessor to access an instruction of an original GPU kernel, the original GPU kernel intended to be executed at a first GPU. An instruction support determiner is to determine whether execution of the instruction is supported by a second GPU different from the first GPU. An instruction modifier is to, in response to determining that the execution of the instruction is not supported by the second GPU, create an instrumented GPU kernel based on the original GPU kernel. The instrumented GPU kernel includes an emulation sequence. The emulation sequence is to, when executed by the second GPU, cause the second GPU to emulate execution of the instruction by the first GPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Konstantin Levit-Gurevich, Michael Berezalsky, Noam Itzhaki, Arik Narkis, Orr Goldman
  • Patent number: 11112953
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of an electronic device including outputting an image through a display according to running of an application, receiving at least one of information on a state and an external situation of the electronic device while the image is output, determining, based on at least one of the information on the state and the external situation of the electronic device, whether at least one of the state and the external situation of the electronic device corresponds to a designated condition for storing at least part of the output image, and storing at least part of the output image based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Joong Seob Kim, Dongkyung Kim
  • Patent number: 11107325
    Abstract: A “dual” gaming unit or machine is configured to implement both one or more traditional casino-style wagering games, such as games having outcomes determined primarily by chance and not skill, and one or more games which are traditionally not casino style games, such as amusement-type games or games having amusement-type game components, such as games where the outcome is determined substantially by skill. The wagering game portion of the gaming machine may award monetary awards to the player for winning wagering game outcomes, and the amusement portion of the gaming machine may be used to award promotional prizes to the player. A player rewards system may include such dual gaming units or other award dispensing mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Aries Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Ronnie W. Harris, Kent Reisdorph, Janae Hoover, Rochelle Terman
  • Patent number: 11093120
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating and broadcasting digital trails of recorded media may include (i) receiving user input initiating a digital trail, the user input including a selection of a trail mode from a list of candidate modes, (ii) creating a digital trail container configured to contain a series of thematically related media recordings generated by users invited to contribute to the digital trail, (iii) providing, to one or more users, a creation prompt that corresponds to the trail mode, (iv) adding, to the digital trail container, at least one media recording received in response to providing the creation prompt, and (v) displaying the resulting digital trail by sequentially presenting each media recording added to the digital trail container in the order added. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Debashish Paul
  • Patent number: 11087598
    Abstract: Techniques for creating and managing wagers on possible states within a live event, such as possible outcomes of subparts of a sporting event or other possible occurrences within the event. An initial state and multiple possible future states of a performance parameter of the event are determined based on state information of the event. A betting market may be created by determining probabilities and odds for the possible future states. Bets may be made on the possible future states via a touch-sensitive display. A payout may be made to a winner who selects a possible future state that actually occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: CG TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Amaitis, Andrew Garrood, Mike Colbert, Heather Parks, Anthony Storm, Foster Barton, Thomas D. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 11077373
    Abstract: A rhythm game program for causing a computer to implement a function of controlling a progress of a rhythm game by displaying a trigger object, the program causing the computer to implement: an evaluation function of evaluating an operation input, based on a timing of the operation input for the trigger object and an operation timing associated with data; and an object control function of moving at least one of the trigger object and the operation position such that a distance between the trigger object and the operation position decreases, based on the operation timing, wherein the object control function implements a function of, when the trigger object for which the operation input has been performed satisfies a first condition, moving the trigger object to a predetermined position where the distance increases, and moving at least one of the trigger object and the operation position such that the distance decreases again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ichiro Hazama, Masanobu Suzui
  • Patent number: 11069185
    Abstract: A gaming system is provided. The gaming system allows users to access applications via gaming communication devices coupled to a communication network. At least a portion of the network may be wireless. The gaming applications include gambling, financial, entertainment service, and other types of transactions. The system may include a user location determination feature to prevent users from conducting transactions from unauthorized areas. The gaming system may incorporate a user profile feature according to which certain information regarding users of the system may be maintained. Such information can include, without limitation, information relating to preferences, finances, activities participated in by the users, and trends and habits of the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: INTERACTIVE GAMES LLC
    Inventors: Lee M. Amaitis, Joseph M. Asher, Robert E. Bahrampour, Darrin M. Mylet, Alan B. Wilkins, Howard W. Lutnick
  • Patent number: 11058948
    Abstract: Machine learning is used to generate and update predictive models configured to predict the positions, orientations, or actions of various gameplay elements capable of being controlled by players of a network-based multiplayer game. A gaming server can send a trained predictive model to each player device actively involved in a gaming session. Those devices can use the predictive model to predict the positions and orientations of various gameplay elements, where the actual data will not be received for a period of time due to latency of transmission over at least one network connection. When the actual data is received, the game state and gameplay action can be corrected or initiated as appropriate, enabling the overall gameplay experience to be smoother and more enjoyable. The gameplay and prediction data can be analyzed to further train or improve the models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Hardiman, Christian R. Lange, Adam Smith, Joseph Francis Stankowicz
  • Patent number: 11056017
    Abstract: Methods and systems allow a user or operator to easily create cyber-training environments for use in a cyber-training system. In one embodiment, the environments are configured as missions. The missions may have a plurality of features, such as training objectives, a mission storyline, a mission order and mission objectives, relative to a mission environment. The mission environment comprises a virtual environment, such as defined by a virtual network having virtual machines or devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Circadence Corporation
    Inventors: Laura Lee, Raymond C. Prouty, Joseph T. Kowtko, Ryan Pressley
  • Patent number: 11054893
    Abstract: The flow of teams of one or more players is controlled through different geographical areas of a mixed virtual reality and physical experience that takes place on an attraction stage. The geographical areas may include rooms, compartments, or other geographical areas through which a team may progress. Within each geographical area, a team may engage in an experience and accomplish one or more checkpoints. Based on the time to achieve each checkpoint, the experience may be shortened or lengthened, either within the particular geographical area or the experience as a whole, to control the flow of the particular team through the series of geographical areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: VR Exit LLC
    Inventors: Ken Bretschneider, Curtis Hickman, James Jensen
  • Patent number: 11042644
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to a method and a system for security verification in a booting process of a computer system. A multi-core processor of the computer system is utilized to perform a security verification operation initiated by a UEFI BIOS. The security verification operation is configured to test if the computer system is qualified as a secure system for a specific use. In one aspect, the multi-core processor architecture has the benefit of providing a more efficient way to allow each of the multiple cores to perform one verification task for one of the peripherals of the system. An embodiment shows that the multiple cores can be individually assigned to perform different tasks such as verifying security of various medium in parallel processes when the computer system is in the booting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: QUIXANT PLC
    Inventor: Wang Chih Sheng
  • Patent number: 11030846
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided. A gaming device includes an input device that includes multiple input locations and a pressure sensor to detect, for each input location, an amount of pressure applied to the input device at the input location by a player. The gaming device includes a processor circuit and a memory coupled to the processor circuit. The memory includes machine-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor circuit, cause the processor circuit to receive, from the input device, multiple pressure parameter values corresponding to a first amount of pressure being applied to a first portion of the input locations, determine a pressure pattern that corresponds to locations of the first portion of the input locations, and based on the pressure parameter values and the pressure pattern, determine an identification of an object that is on the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Stefan Keilwert, David Froy, David Small, Sven Aurich, Michael Russ
  • Patent number: 11020663
    Abstract: A system obtains game medium information associated with a game medium in a virtual space. When a predetermined event occurs, the system determines a generation condition for an image of the virtual space based on the game medium information. The system generates an image including the game medium based on the generation condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Imai
  • Patent number: 11017628
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings of the present embodiment, a system and method for wireless gaming with location-dependent gaming functions are provided. In a particular embodiment, the apparatus includes a gaming server; a wireless network at least partially covering a property, the wireless network comprising a plurality of signal detection devices; and a gaming communication device operable to transmit and receive gaming information to and from the gaming server via the wireless network. A location of the gaming communication device on the property is used to alter a game play function, such as a bet option, wager, graphic overlay, permission, or to provide location-dependent advertising or embedded advertising. Based upon the location of the gaming communication device on the property, a predetermined functionality of the gaming communication device may be enabled and/or controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Interactive Games LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Burman, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 11017744
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for enabling the creation, game play, and third party view of a head-to-head challenge game played synchronously or asynchronously by a first and second player. In one embodiment, a method includes operations for receiving a request to view the challenge game for obtaining a first and second video associated with a predefined segment of a single player game as played by the first and second player. The method further includes operations for executing the challenge game that plays the first video alongside the second video in a spectator interface, for accessing and processing telemetry data of the game play of the predefined segment to generate modified game play metrics, and for replacing game states that were produced when the predefined segment of the game was played with the modified game play metrics. The modified game play metrics are rendered to the spectator interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Warren Benedetto, Landon Noss, Andrew Herman
  • Patent number: 11011069
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for helping a user of computer game and learning programs to perceive a correct answer to a question presented by the programs. These computer game and learning programs (Set A programs) are modified by a computer program of this invention that accepts exactly one token string to be a correct answer (Set ESP program). Answer related output information in a Set A program is modified by the Set ESP program to provide a cue (hint) to a user to increase or decrease the ability of a user to perceive a correct answer. When a user enters an answer a guard requirement in the Set ESP program is satisfied and a guarded subfunction in the Set ESP program is executed if the user's answer is correct. Cues for answers can be visual (with or without eye-tracking), audible, and haptic and can be presented subliminally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Randy Wolf
  • Patent number: 11007442
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for sharing user activity information comprises: receiving a user action history generated in one service among a first service and a second service through an application executed in an electronic device; mapping and storing account information at the first service, account information at the second service, and the user action history with respect to a user of the electronic device; and transmitting, to the application, information on the user action history or an event corresponding to the user action history, such that the event corresponding to the user action history is provided to the user through another service among the first service and the second service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NAVER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wonkuym Kim, Changhoon Yang, Gyeong Hwan Jo, Hyun Tae Cho, Jinwoo Yoo, Jeff Lee, Gil Do Kim, Jong Un Chae, SeHyung Kim, Sujin Jeong, GunPyo Park, Byung Yong Song, Young Chul Kim, Joohwan Bae, Jungseob Lee
  • Patent number: 11011023
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the gaming systems and methods provide plays of an enhanced award game, and in certain embodiments an enhanced award poker game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Ernest W. Moody, Yoohwan Hwang
  • Patent number: 10994205
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including a specifying unit configured to specify areas in a virtual space, in which a character and an object are respectively arranged for each event in a game, a detection unit configured to detect an overlap between the area of the object and the area of the character, and an arrangement unit configured to rearrange the area of the character, in which the overlap is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuishin Takafuji, Hisakazu Kajiwara
  • Patent number: 10960315
    Abstract: A computing system may determine values associated with a plurality of identifiers that are associated with a gameplay session of a video gaming application. The computing system may determine a mapping of the values associated with the plurality of identifiers, including associating, for each identifier, each value associated with the respective identifier during a time period of the gameplay session with values that are associated with a respective one or more other identifiers from the plurality of identifiers during at least a portion of the time period of the gameplay session. The computing system may, in response to receiving a query that indicates a value associated with an identifier from the plurality of identifiers, providing values associated with one or more identifiers that are associated with the value associated with the identifier based at least in part on the mapping of the values associated with the plurality of identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Newman Scott Hunter, Tomas Ramos, David Michael King
  • Patent number: 10956027
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium contains a program for a portable terminal including a touchscreen having a first area for selecting a command and a second area in which objects are displayed. The program causes a computer to store command information indicating associations between commands and objects that may serve as targets of the commands regarding a plurality of commands in relation to a plurality of objects, store position information indicating displayed positions of the individual objects in the second area, select the command based on a state in which an operation is being performed with a first finger of a user in the first area, and define, based on the command information and the position information, an area corresponding to the display position of an object that may serve as a target of the selected command in the second area as an area in which an operation is acceptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CYGAMES, INC.
    Inventor: Shuichi Kurabayashi
  • Patent number: 10933330
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to providing dynamic and static contest prize allocation based on in-game achievement of a user in an online game in order to encourage players to continue to purchase items to improve their tournament metrics even if they may be unable to improve their tournament rank. For example, calculation of a dynamic prize may comprise for rank x, the player may gain 1 prize unit for every y Glory gained (when Glory may be the measured by the tournament). The y value may increase for lower ranks achieved in the tournament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventor: Luc Pieron
  • Patent number: 10937273
    Abstract: A game provided to users of a game space may include a task to be performed by the users. A plurality of virtual chance items may be composed. Individual ones of the virtual chance items may be configured to be activated by the users in the game space to obtain virtual awards in the game space. The virtual awards may include one or more primary awards and one or more secondary awards. Composing the virtual chance items may include determining probabilities that the individual virtual chance items will provide a primary award and/or a secondary award upon activation. The virtual chance items may be distributed to the users that complete the task responsive to these users completing the task. The virtual awards may be provided to the users in accordance with the probabilities assigned to the virtual chance items in response to the users activating the virtual chance items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Caldarone, Stephanie K. Schultz