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Platform Sony has patented its own game betting system

IbizaPocholo

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The patent was filed in 2019 but published this month, and describes a system that allows users to bet currency (including Bitcoin) or digital items, with odds determined by machine learning.

The patent could, in theory, be used to allow live match betting on eSports games such as those held during the EVO fighting game tournament, which the PlayStation parent jointly acquired earlier this year.

According to the patent, Sony’s system would use the past histories of players or eSports teams to determine betting odds offered to spectators viewing gameplay.

This data could be determined from either the current video game being played (ie Street Fighter V) or a player’s entire fighting game history, including win-loss ratios and more.



The patent describes the ability for the system to access certain game data to support betting. “For example, video may be searched to identify where in the video a virtual grenade has the possibility of killing one, two, or three characters,” the patent reads, thus providing odds for such a scenario.

Other speciality bets could include the chance of a certain player being defeated within the next X minutes, as well as “straightforward” bets such as the total and individual point scores.

The patent also describes a system for betting against friends or other spectators. Users could send others bet proposals selected from a predetermined list, such as the next character to get hit. The patent suggests that spectators could even choose to set their own odds, or go with those set by the system.
 

Captain Toad

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Legalized gambling on other people playing video games. What a future this turned out to be.
 

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Yeah. Parents can't even make sure their children are not spending hundreds of dollars on fucking FIFA Coins, so implementing a betting system is surely a great idea...
 

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Haha! See, don't wanna go religious here but...

Betting is mentioned literally in the Quran, so it's not debatable. That includes lottery in all its forms as well.

But cryptocurrency has many scholars divided. I'm not planning to try it so didn't read much about it:

 
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Yet another lazy method patent to stuff the patent office and lawyers witch cash and goes nowhere but legal. Sony files about ~800 patents each year and Microsoft ~2000, it's normal to do so to cover some legal ass. But they are hardly relevant unless going live (which, again, most won't).

I've been involved in patent filing before btw, and I'm so happy to not be involved in that ridiculous and exhausting crap anymore..
 
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Bernd Lauert

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Haha! See, don't wanna go religious here but...

Betting is mentioned literally in the Quran, so it's not debatable. That includes lottery in all its forms as well.

But cryptocurrency has many scholars divided. I'm not planning to try it so didn't read much about it:

Blows my mind that religious scholars are discussing cryptocurrency, but we live in a crazy world so :messenger_beaming:
 
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UK bettings sites have had "virtual betting" since I can remember. Used to get in drunk from the pub and spend a jolly hour throwing the odd pound on some 100/1 virtual horse.
Seems silly in retrospect but then again now I throw the money on Sunderland to win and probably have just as much luck.
 
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Bo_Hazem

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UK bettings sites have had "virtual betting" since I can remember. Used to get in drunk from the pub and spend a jolly hour throwing the odd pound on some 100/1 virtual horse.
Seems silly in retrospect but then again now I throw the money on Sunderland to win and probably have just as much luck.

Mate, missed you around here!
 
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