Sony Interactive Entertainment may be working on a new system that will make online tournaments easier to organize and organize.
According to a patent published on the US Patent and Trademark website, Sony proposes the integration of online tournaments that would include “a plurality of game titles, each associated with at least one tournament, may be hosted on a gaming network platform ”, which means that it would allow players, developers or even third party organizers to create online tournaments on a large or small scale.
The patent notes that it would use a “gaming network platform” for which players must have an account to register for these online tournaments, but it has yet to be confirmed whether it refers to the PlayStation Network or an entirely new service from Sony.
A diagram illustrating how Sony’s proposed online tournamnet integration might work.
The proposed system also states that a tournament organizer can send invitations to players based on numerous factors, including rankings. The patent also covers which viewers can show up during an online tournament, such as additional information on tournament broadcasts involving a player they may be watching or other information related to the tournament they are watching.
Sony originally filed this patent in 2018, but it is a continuation of the original app published last week, making its rounds in ResetEra Y Reddit (via SegmentNext). However, the publication of this patent is not surprising on Sony’s part, as the company now has joint ownership of Evo, the world’s largest fighting game tournament.
PlayStation is apparently expanding into the competitive e-sports and gaming market, as in May, in addition to buying Evo, Sony also filed a patent for a betting service that would allow users to bet on e-sports events using physical currency, bitcoin or even in the game. items when placing bets.