Sony Interactive Entertainment may be working on a new system that makes it easier to organize and host tournaments online.
According to a recently published patent, Sony proposes an online integration system that includes a “plurality of games, each associated with at least one tournament, which can be hosted on a network platform.” In practice, this means that independent players, producers, and organizations can create online tournaments, whether large or small.
The patent mentions that for players to use this platform, they need to have an account. However, it does not clarify whether the PlayStation Network account will do or whether it will create a new one suitable for this hypothetical new Sony service.
The proposed system also mentions that the tournament organizer can send invitations based on various factors, including player ratings. The patent also addresses the issue of spectators, touching on what they can see throughout the tournament, from information about players or data from the competition itself.
Although it was registered in 2018, this patent has only been published now, when we are close to the realization of the Evo, the biggest fighting game tournament, acquired by Sony a few months ago.
It appears that PlayStation is expanding into the competitive gaming and esports market. In addition to acquiring the Evo, Sony has also registered a patent for an online betting service, allowing users to bet on real money events, bitcoins, and even game items.