Scoring Patents (Class 700/92)
  • Patent number: 10832041
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus to detect various motions of a user and generate useful information utilizing the result, the information processing apparatus including: a motion detection unit configured to detect a series of motions of a user which are repetitive and nonperiodic; and an information generation unit configured to generate information related to the series of motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Masanori Katsu, Sota Matsuzawa
  • Patent number: 10814206
    Abstract: The present invention disclosed a method, system, and computer product for authenticating a golf score, the method comprising; receiving, by one or more processors, a score, wherein the score is associated with a first party, publishing, by one or more processors, the score, receiving, by one or more processors, an authentication request for the score, determining, by one or more computing device, if the score is submitted by the first party, wherein if the authentication request is submitted by the first party the score is not authenticated and the authentication request is determined to be from a second party, verifying, by one or more processors the second party, authenticating, by one or more processors, the score, wherein the second party is verified, and calculating, by one or more processors, a calculated score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Raul Rojas, Jose Torbay
  • Patent number: 10765939
    Abstract: An information processing system includes one or more server devices functioning as a first platform that provides a first game to a first user having a first account, and one or more terminal devices. The one or more terminal devices transmit, to the first platform, an authenticated ID of a second user having a second account of a second platform that provides a second game. The authenticated ID is authenticated by using information concerning the second account. The first platform generates a specific ID upon receiving the authenticated ID, stores the authenticated ID and the specific ID in association with each other, and provides the first game to the second user using the specific ID associated with the authenticated ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventor: Shusuke Shitara
  • Patent number: 10737180
    Abstract: Systems and methods for collaborative gaming are described herein. In some embodiments, a system comprises a computer system. The computer system comprises at least one processor and a memory coupled to the at least one processor. The memory stores program instructions are executable by the at least one processor to cause the computer system to perform tasks. The tasks include enabling a first user, via a first gaming device, to initiate a gaming session of a gaming application using an account of the first user, enabling a second user, via a second gaming device distinct from the first gaming device, to join the initiated gaming session; and enabling the second user, via the second gaming device, to engage in game-play in the initiated gaming session on behalf of the first user. The second user engages in the game-play using the account of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Noland, Connor Pickens
  • Patent number: 10682570
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium configured to operate a game program. The program may cause an information processing device to execute a step of storing information relating to a game part, a step of displaying a screen including a first interface capable of detecting a first user operation, a determination step of (if the first user operation is detected) determining a mode of the game part to be one of a first mode or a second mode, a change step of changing a part of the screen according to the mode of the game part determined in the determination step, and an execution step of executing the game part in the mode determined in the determination step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventors: Shota Shimoda, Yudai Nagano, Hiori Chiba
  • Patent number: 10679459
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of a video display input assembly including a mechanical rotatable bezel surrounding the video display. The video display input assembly is suitable for use in a gaming terminal, a gaming cabinet or a gaming machine, including as a retrofit to an pre-existing gaming machine. Direction and speed of a manual rotation of the bezel is detected and interpreted. The result may be used to control various aspects of operation of the gaming terminal, gaming cabinet or gaming machine, including providing input for game play. The video display may be updated in real-time to reflect the rotation of the bezel. A motor may be coupled to the rotatable bezel to provide resistance, assistance or operator feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, Don Lariviere, Ivo Janssen, James Hirahara, Jeffrey Mulvey, Michael Ma, Vernon Bernard, Karl Wudtke, Benjamin E. Isaac, Max Cassidy Whitehead, Eric Lo
  • Patent number: 10664691
    Abstract: Disclosed are method and system for automatic identification of at least one player. The system and method are associated with a processing unit, and at least one projectile having a wireless interface and at least one sensor. The sensor collects sensor data at a first moment of time before release of the projectile by the player and communicates the sensor data to the processing unit. The processing unit collects and analyses the sensor data to identify similar data, associates such data to a player, and stores the associated data. The sensor collects further sensor data at a second moment of time before release of the projectile by the player, which second moment of time is later than the first moment of time and communicates the further sensor data to the processing unit. The processing unit compares the further sensor data to the stored associated data to identify the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SSTATZZ OY
    Inventors: Harri Hohteri, Tuukka Nieminen, Jirka Poropudas
  • Patent number: 10632381
    Abstract: Disclosed is a control program for a computer, the computer including a storage unit and being configured to execute a competition game. The storage unit stores a competition result and a counter for each combination of at least two competing players. The control program causes the computer to execute a competition between at least two players When a winning player, of at least two competing players, was defeated by a losing player in an immediately preceding competition, the computer increases the counter corresponding to the combination of the at least two competing players, determines points to be awarded based on the counter, and stores the determined points in the storage unit in association with the winning player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Ken Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10286314
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for continuous gameplay in a multiplayer video game through an unbounded gameplay session. Players may join, exit, and later rejoin a given unbounded gameplay session at any time. A given unbounded gameplay session may therefore continue indefinitely so long as at least one player wishes to continue to gameplay. To facilitate an unbounded gameplay session, the system may score players using time-based or other parameters in a manner that is fair to players who have been playing in the unbounded gameplay session longer than other players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Michael D. Marr, Keith S. Kaplan, Nathan T. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10210546
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided of preventing addiction to an electronic device by the electronic device and/or a server. A method includes receiving, by the electronic device, a command to unlock the electronic device; playing an advertisement in response to the unlocking of the electronic device; and transmitting, to the server, subtraction point information based on the playing of the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yongseok Lee
  • Patent number: 10097961
    Abstract: A wearable computing device comprises one or more motion sensors, a first circuit, and a second circuit. The one or more motion sensors are configured to measure swing motion. The first circuit is in communication with the one or more motion sensors and configured to translate measurements of the swing motion to machine-readable motion data and identify from the machine-readable motion data a golf shot in which a golf club held by a golfer contacts a golf ball. The second circuit is configured to increment a golf score of the golfer responsive to the golf shot being identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher Nuesmeyer, Christopher I. Borowski, Arkya Misha Dhar
  • Patent number: 9947179
    Abstract: A network distributed processing system is disclosed, including a mobile computing device connected to a controller by a network, wherein the mobile computing device is constructed to execute an entertainment game; a server connected to the controller via a communication link, the server constructed to determine a result of a wagering event and provide the results of the wagering event to the controller; the controller connected to the mobile computing device by the network and connected to the server by the communication link, wherein the controller is constructed to: determine when a wagering event occurs during play of the entertainment game; request a resolution to the wagering event; receive a score value; receive an amount of real credit committed; map the score value to a standardized score value using the score value and the real credit commitment; and update an account of the player with the standardized score value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9778830
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for receiving a plurality of play events associated with a sporting event, wherein each play event of the plurality of play events comprises a game clock time, a description, and identifies a sports team of a plurality of sports teams; for each play event in the plurality of play events: generating a graphical tile that is associated with the play event; configuring an appearance of the graphical tile based, at least in part, on the description and the sports team of the play event; causing to display a graphical tile list in a graphical user interface of a mobile computing device, wherein the graphical tile list includes one or more of the graphical tiles listed in a chronological order based on the game clock time in the play event associated with each graphical tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: VenueNext, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Dubin, Kunaldeep Malik, Gideon Yu, Paraag Marathe, Doug Garland, Mitch Huang, Chris Giles, Martin Manville, Mark Kilgore, Patrick Weiss
  • Patent number: 9691238
    Abstract: A system produces haptic effects. The system receives input data associated with an event, identifies an element of the event in the input data, generates the haptic effects based on the element of the event, and produces the haptic effects via a haptic output device. In one embodiment, the haptic effects are generated by haptifying the element of the event. In one embodiment, the haptic effects are designed haptic effects and are adjusted based on the element of the event. In one embodiment, the input data is associated with a crowd that attends the event, and the element of the event is caused by the crowd. In one embodiment, the input data includes haptic data collected by one or more personal devices associated with the crowd. In one embodiment, the input data is indicative of a location of the one or more personal devices associated with the crowd.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Gervais, Shadi Asfour, Jamal Saboune, Amer Alhalabi, Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 9690981
    Abstract: A system and a method for motion evaluation. The system for motion evaluation includes: a plurality of sensor apparatuses photographing a user to acquire user's joint data; an analysis apparatus performs calibration and synchronization on the joint data input from the plurality of sensor apparatuses to generate a user's skeleton and uses pose vectors calculated for each body part to compare a user's pose with an expert's pose; and a display apparatus outputting a user character moved depending on a user's motion by using the skeleton, together with an expert character and outputting the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Seong-Min Baek, Myung-Gyu Kim, Ye-Jin Kim, Jong-Sung Kim, Sang-Woo Seo, Il-Kwon Jeong
  • Patent number: 9489800
    Abstract: A method comprises receiving a request from a gaming device to initiate a session of game play comprising a plurality of game plays to be played, and transmitting to the gaming device an amount of credit required to initiate a first game play of the session on the gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Matthew P. Ellenthal
  • Patent number: 9393485
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking and scoring an amateur sporting event is allows spectators of amateur sporting events to record game data on a mobile electronic device and share live game updates with other amateur sports fans. The system includes a software application configured to operate on a mobile electronic device. Game data may be input into the software application and uploaded to a remote database by way of a wireless network. The remote database may allow third party users to access the game data as it is uploaded to the database in order to follow the progress of the game in real time. The software may include a graphical display that provides a visual illustration of the sporting venue and adjusts in response to scoring data entered into the software. The software may further be configured to receive scouting data related to players in the sporting event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: GameChanger Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Matthew Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9132350
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for a player matching scheme for a game system. In some examples, a player matching system may include an access pattern analysis unit configured to analyze access patterns of a plurality of players of a game provided by a game server, and a player recommendation unit configured to recommend to one player of the plurality of players at least some others of the plurality of players with whom the one player can compatibly play the game, based at least in part on the analyzed access patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Seungil Kim, Youngil Ko
  • Publication number: 20150148926
    Abstract: A universal athleticism rating system and related athletic performance measuring systems for accurately detecting and recording athletic performance are disclosed. The athleticism rating system evaluates individual athletes against a common, standardized, set of athletic performance tests. Each athlete performs the athletic tests and his or her scores in the individual tests are entered into a standardized calculation to produce a single athletic performance score. The related performance measuring system is preferably a timing system that ensures quick, easy, and accurate collection of athletic event timing related data without the need for the athlete to wear any special detection devices or the like. In a preferred embodiment, the performance measuring system integrates with the rating system to provide seamless athletic data collection and rating of athletes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Rodolfo Chapa, JR., Hamid G. Arjomand, Adam C. Braun, Andrew Bark
  • Publication number: 20150127127
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for managing a web-based digital media competition that includes presenting on graphical user interfaces of a plurality of first computing devices a competition between at least two digital media. The method also includes receiving at a feedback module of a second computing device competition-related input from a plurality of users via the graphical user interfaces, the second computing device being remote from the first computing device. Further, the method includes calculating a winner of the competition based on the competition-related input from the plurality of users. Additionally, the method includes modifying a status of the at least two digital media based on the winner of the competition, and modifying a status of the plurality of users based on the winner of the competition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Ted Elliott Carpenter, Thad Christopher Smith
  • Publication number: 20150105184
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is provided for conducting a golf tournament over a plurality of geographic locations. The method includes the steps of providing a golf course with a fixed layout in each geographic location and directing one or more players to simultaneously commence play at the golf course in each geographic location. The method further includes the steps of recording a score of each player at the golf course in each geographic location and ranking the scores of the players over the plurality of geographic locations with a computer. The method further includes the step of broadcasting the ranking of the scores over a broadcast medium linked to the computer. Another method and system are also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Snag, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence P. Anton
  • Patent number: 9005030
    Abstract: A system for sharing score experiences includes one or more devices on which one or more games are played, a gameplay experience service arrangement and a communication arrangement for communicatively coupling the devices to the gameplay experience service arrangement. The devices include computing hardware for executing one or more games software products for implementing the one or more games when executed upon the computing hardware. The devices are operable to record a gameplay experience (GEV) played thereupon including an associated score, wherein the one or more devices are operable to upload their recorded gameplay experiences (GEV) and associated score to the gameplay experience service arrangement which maintains a score list corresponding to the uploaded gameplay experiences. The score list is accessible to the devices for identifying relative gameplay performances of users of the devices, for example via replaying of the recorded gameplay experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Applifier Oy
    Inventors: Jussi Laakkonen, Olli Sinerma
  • Patent number: 9005036
    Abstract: Users are arranged to employ gameplay terminals which including computing hardware for executing one or more software products The users share gameplay experiences by including in the one or more software products a host game software application for implementing one or more games on one or more of the terminals, and appending one or more software components to the host game software application for providing control of the host game software application on a real-time basis for recording gameplay experiences for sharing amongst the users based upon one or more of: game view, sub-game view, sensor data employed to control the game, video camera views of one or more users playing the game, game events occurring during playing the game. A software development kit is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Applifier Oy
    Inventors: Jussi Laakkonen, Olli Sinerma
  • Publication number: 20150100141
    Abstract: The subject invention is directed to a computer-implemented method, a device and a system for detecting and scoring exercises, including maintaining, by a mobile device, a library of motion signatures, in which a motion signature for an exercise is a sequence of characteristic features and a characteristic feature is a movement in the exercise; receiving, by a mobile device, a time series of data from a sensor device, the sensor device attached to the head or torso of a user, the data comprising accelerometer data from an accelerometer included in the sensor device, detecting a single repetition of a designated exercise performed by the user and calculating a motion score for the single repetition of the detected exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Darran John Hughes
  • Patent number: 9001984
    Abstract: An apparatus and method that enables monitoring of social behaviors and generating advance warnings for different monitoring agencies according to the monitoring criteria set by each monitoring agencies. The remote supervision server receives social behavior information from different sources and also different monitoring criteria from different requesting agencies. Each social behavior is assigned different weights according to the monitoring criteria. A total score is calculated based on the monitoring criteria and an advance warning is sent to a requesting agency if the total score exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Gold Post Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Quyen Kiet, Barry Goldstein
  • Patent number: 8992347
    Abstract: A system for golf data collection comprises an apparatus arranged to be worn about the body of a golfer during a game of golf. The apparatus includes a positioning system for determining various locations of a golfer during the game, a tag reader for reading a club held in close proximity to the apparatus around the time of striking a golf ball, and a processor for correlating the location of the golfer with the time at which a tag is read to enable the path of a golf ball throughout the game of golf to be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Active Mind Technology R&D Limited
    Inventors: Padraic Moran, John McGuire, William Hunt
  • Patent number: 8944921
    Abstract: An automated, replicable, process-based original concept that provides a self-validating, defined quantification of the relevance of a series of plays or physical and/or mental efforts of competing, simultaneously occurring diametrically opposed strategy and tactics of two or more different teams or individuals engaged in a contest or exhibition of athleticism and skill resulting in a traditionally defined winner and loser, or ranking of participants based on their performance relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Big Play Scoring, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Knapp, Jack Stanfield
  • Publication number: 20150032237
    Abstract: An automated golf scoring system with a sensor unit wearable by the player and a data processing unit in communication therewith is disclosed. First acceleration data corresponding to a first swing motion measured with an accelerometer of the sensor unit is received. A resting state is detected with first speed data from a location positioner. The first acceleration data for the first swing motion is stored in a swing queue when the resting state is detected. A movement of the player is then detected with second speed data. A shot counter is incremented upon detecting the movement of the player. This depends on an evaluation of the first acceleration data in the swing queue having a higher magnitude than any existing acceleration data in the swing queue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: ACTIVE NETWORK, LLC
    Inventor: MARK ROEBKE
  • Publication number: 20140364981
    Abstract: A computer-based score tracking system and method that may be used in equestrian judging. The system includes a judge portal, an office portal, an in gate portal and a spectator portal for accessing a computer based server. Mobile computing devices interact with the computer based server to provide real-time updates to scoring and judge comments to spectators. The system allows judges to use customized hand written symbols, letters, and numbers to identify a particular result, while maintaining an organized and numerical ranking system based upon aggregated totals. Additionally, the system allows for tracking of participants to assist in providing accurate judging and location of participants. System is adapted to receive a finalized score card and send final results to office personnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew Scott Hofstetter, Thomas M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140343701
    Abstract: A conductive material of a plurality of separate conductive materials are coupled to a first participant, the conductive material configured to move when the first participant delivers an impact to a second participant. An impedance-based impact sensing mechanism including an impedance changing mechanism that changes impedance as the conductive material is moved towards and away from the impedance changing mechanism as the first participant delivers the impact. An impedance-based impact measuring scoring system determines that the impact occurred based on a change in impedance in the impedance changing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: CNOWire, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Y. Song, James M. Song
  • Publication number: 20140330412
    Abstract: A computerized interactive sports system is provided wherein a plurality of sports areas is provided where users undergo physical or technical exercises. Sensor systems associated to the plurality of sports areas for sensing the user's success when undergoing the technical or physical exercises and based thereon output sensor signals. A computer system coupled to the at least one sensor system utilizes the sensor signals for calculating a score for each individual user indicating the success of the users when undergoing the physical or technical exercises within the at least one sports area. The computer system further associates different classification categories to different sports areas and classifies the scores based thereon, and subsequently stores the scores classified into the at least one classification category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Brynjar BJARNASON
  • Publication number: 20140329613
    Abstract: A golf data collection system can use a near field communication system in a data processing application to record golf club identifiers and golf strokes, taken (with the identified club) at GPS identified positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Radar Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Savarese, Susan McGill
  • Patent number: 8876613
    Abstract: A wireless scoring system for a competitive swordplay game is provided, which uses nonmetallic swords with electric touch sensors on blades. Each player carries a mobile touch detector apparatus which transmits wirelessly to scoreboard controller, data packets which indicate fencing touches uniquely identifiable for each player. Scoreboard is controlled by radio remote apparatus provided with buttons labeled “GO” and “STOP”, which when pressed trigger emission of lights of predefined colors by wrist collar, blades of swords and scoreboard. The rules for scoring are programmed in scoreboard controller apparatus which takes decisions to assign the scoring points throughout the swordplay bout. The player who wins a scoring point is indicated by the color of light emitted by blade of sword of the winner. The rules for scoring include a priority-based scoring method to decide the winner of scoring point when both players execute fencing touches simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Gheorghe Florea
  • Patent number: 8874243
    Abstract: The invention provides scoring a performance of a guitar part in a rhythm-action game. It operates in the context of a video game platform in communication with a display and a controller and involves receiving an input performance from the controller including at least one input chord note, each input chord note including an input string value corresponding to a struck string and an input fret value associated with the input string value. Then, a reference performance is provided, which includes at least two reference chord notes to be input at a target time, each reference chord note including a reference string value and a reference fret value associated with the reference string value. Then, a degree of matching is determined between the input performance and the reference performance, and a score is assigned to the input performance based on the degree of matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryn Bennett, Jason D. Booth, Sylvain Dubrofsky
  • Patent number: 8855583
    Abstract: Terminals 1 and 2-1 to 2-n refer to information on the state of the terminals 1 and 2-1 to 2-n and a user to add functions for modifying the operation of the terminal and processing data thereby allowing the operation of the terminal to be modified, and the communication data to be processed, when the state information is in a specific condition. A server 3 accesses the information on the state of the terminals 1 and 2-1 to 2-n and the user on the side of the server 3, extracts terminal group information under a specific condition, generates a new group, and adds a presence linking function for performing registration with a group management function, thereby allowing the above state information to be used to generate a dynamic group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Satou
  • Publication number: 20140288683
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking and scoring an amateur sporting event is allows spectators of amateur sporting events to record game data on a mobile electronic device and share live game updates with other amateur sports fans. The system includes a software application configured to operate on a mobile electronic device. Game data may be input into the software application and uploaded to a remote database by way of a wireless network. The remote database may allow third party users to access the game data as it is uploaded to the database in order to follow the progress of the game in real time. The software may include a graphical display that provides a visual illustration of the sporting venue and adjusts in response to scoring data entered into the software. The software may further be configured to receive scouting data related to players in the sporting event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Edward Matthew Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20140272204
    Abstract: Three dimensional structures useful for fundraising. The three dimensional structures can be structured into an interlocking puzzle configuration, can be essentially stacked, or configured in any manner that is stable and will provide a message to potential donors during a fund raising event. A method of fundraising using such blocks is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Philbrick
  • Patent number: 8834277
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing sharing of mini-games over a game cloud system are provided. One example method includes receiving a request to access games through a user account. A user interface with a plurality of games is presented for a user to view and play, upon successful access to the user account. A first game is played and a video is generated recording the game play. Selection of a portion of the recorded video is received from the first user and a mini-game is generated from the selected video portion. Mini-game generated includes the recorded video and an executable portion. The mini-game is posted to a website along with a challenge comment upon first user's request for sharing the mini-game. One or more game plays for the posted mini-game are received and mini-game play videos are generated. The mini-game play videos are provided to other users during sharing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: David Perry, Warren Benedetto, Ryan Breed, Sean Allen, Victor Octav Suba Miura
  • Patent number: 8831758
    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: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuexin Chu, Alex Genco, Jason Lee, Clive Henrick, Matthew Curtis, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Michael C. Caldarone
  • Patent number: 8814696
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for providing branded virtual objects in a virtual environment are presented. A game instance of a computer-implemented multiplayer online game is generated, where the game instance is associated with a virtual environment of a player. A graphical user interface to the player is provided, where the graphical user interface displays at least one branded virtual object for selection by the player, and where the branded virtual object corresponds to a real-world brand. Selection and placement of the branded virtual object in the virtual environment by the player is monitored. The virtual environment of the player is updated to include the branded virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: John Marsland, Revant Kapoor, Emily Anadu, Matt Levine, Edmund Leo, Matthew Adam Ocko
  • Patent number: 8805558
    Abstract: A method for conducting and scoring a golf video game, comprising determining the number of strokes it takes a team to complete a golf hole, wherein the team comprises of a plurality of players collectively playing one ball, allowing at least one player to take a strategic position further down the golf course ahead of where the ball is being played, and basing a score on the number of strokes the team collectively takes to complete the golf hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Isaac S Daniel
  • Publication number: 20140222177
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a non-transitory computer-readable medium to direct a processor to: receive signals indicating a made basketball shot or a missed basketball shot of a basketball by a person during a basketball shooting session, receive signals indicating a location from which each made basketball shot is made, and determine and output a user cumulative score for the person for the basketball shooting session, the cumulative score being based upon the location of each made basketball shot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T. Thurman, Kevin L. Krysiak, David J. Proeber, Allen G. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140222176
    Abstract: A method of determining game play is provided including providing a plurality of game options; determining a desired quantity of game play; determining a proportion of total game play duration for each of the plurality of games by a computing device, and providing a timer for each of the plurality of games. The timer is configured based on the proportion of total game play duration determined for each of the plurality of games.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: AryaBall, LLC
    Inventor: Babak Forutanpour
  • Patent number: 8795085
    Abstract: A computer readable medium having a computer program stored thereon for operating a computer system to track golf scores and side games. The computer program may comprise a code segment for receiving with the computer system course information and player information for a round of golf; a code segment for receiving with the computer system side game information for side games to be played by players of the round of golf; a code segment for receiving with the computer system scoring information for the players as they play the round of golf; and a code segment for scoring with the computer system the round of golf and calculating results of the side games based at least partially on the player information and the scoring information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Kyle Walter Kryger
  • Publication number: 20140213370
    Abstract: A game device may include, but is not limited to, a first distribution unit, a first control unit, and a first reduction unit. The first distribution unit may be configured to increase an individual amount of a first virtual value that is individually-owned and in-game-usable by an individual user of a first in-game group of users, with reference to the amount of a second virtual value that is commonly-associated to the first in-game group of users. The first control unit may be configured to decrease the individual amount of the first virtual value, in accordance with an in-game-use-request by the individual user. The first reduction unit may be configured to reduce at least a part of the individual amount of the first virtual value to increase the amount of the second virtual value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Kazuya TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 8788074
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system is described. A score difference associated with an episode of a game is determined, wherein the score difference represents a difference between an actual score of a target player in the game episode and an actual score of a reference player in the game episode. A first adjusted score indicator associated with the game episode is determined, wherein the adjusted score indicator represents a sum of the score difference associated with the game episode and an estimated skill level of the reference player. An estimated skill level of the target player is determined, wherein the estimated skill level of the target player is based upon, at least in part, a weighted average of the first adjusted score indicator and one or more other adjusted score indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Thomas Kang
  • Publication number: 20140200693
    Abstract: A process and a system for managing a bowling centre, which includes one or more bowling lanes along which a bowl is rolled, one or more pin setting up machines at one end of the lane and one or more bowlers' bays at the opposite end of the lane, one or more overhead monitors or videos above the lane, one or more consoles or keyboards located at the one or more lanes, respectively, and allowing a user to enter data, an electronic control system set up to manage the bowling centre, and in particular, a score program which calculates the score of the games played at the bowling centre and displays the score, in particular at the respective overhead monitor. A visual signal is emitted at the respective lane to indicate that the lane is open and waiting for users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: QubicaAMF Europe SPA
    Inventors: Roberto VAIOLI, Massimo BARALDI, Dario FERGACICH, Danilo MAI, Stefano PANCALDI
  • Patent number: 8777750
    Abstract: A system provides a player tracking system and system gaming apparatus for playing non-base games by funding the credit side of a gaming cycle. The system further includes at least one gaming device having a base game. The player tracking system and system gaming apparatus includes a player tracking user interface. The player tracking user interface provides a player with an opportunity to select and play a non-base game that may be promotional-funded or player-funded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Dennis Lockard, Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Jeffrey C. Tallcott
  • Publication number: 20140195024
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for golf score registration in a golf score registration system comprising a terminal located in or near a clubhouse and/or a start box at first tee with a console that allows each player to check in to and check out of the system before and after a game of golf, tee boxes located near each tee on the course with a console that allows each player to enter scoring information from the previously completed hole, means for communication between boxes on the course and a central unit, and individual information carriers that each player bring on to the course while playing. Each console has at least two readers-through which it can communicate with the information carriers, and a display indicating the function of respective reader. A first console for the start of a golf game provides the option to play a game with markers for at least a first and second player, and the first console requests information on who is marking each player in said game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Jan Olov Olsson, Lars Linde, Gunnar Larsson
  • Patent number: 8761951
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for allowing hotels (or any other organizations having one or more physical locations requiring various resources) to (1) measure their energy, water, waste and carbon emissions, (2) manage and control the elements of the hotel that impact the environment the most, and (3) report on the progress of the measurement, management and control, to the hotel owners, franchisors, franchisees and guests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Six Continents Hotels, Inc.
    Inventor: David Michael Jerome