Sony Patents Gambling and Betting Platform For Esports


Sony patents a gambling and betting platform for esports after acquisition of the EVO tournament.

By Md Armughanuddin

May 17, 2021

Sony has been quite active in the esports industry lately. Earlier this year, SIE acquired the Evolution Championship Series, which is popularly known as EVO. The acquisition came with a collaboration with RTS, Endeavor’s new esports venture, and started a new chapter for the FGC.

Now, it seems like Sony has more plans to expand in the esports industry. According to Vida Extra, Sony has filed a patent for an esports betting platform. The patent has been filed by Michael Chow, who is a Machine Learning Engineer at PlayStation R & D, according to his LinkedIn profile. Here is the abstract of the patent:

Odds for various propositions concerning the play of a computer simulation are determined and presented to a viewer for pecuniary or non-pecuniary wagering purposes. The odds may be determined using past game analytics, or may be determined parimutuelly.

The platform will be giving players the probability of winning a particular bet, based on data from the past. It also states that the odds can be determined parimutuelly as well, which is a betting term implying the division of gains amidst the winning betters.

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There are a few interesting things to note as well. The inclusion of non-pecuniary wagering purposes hints towards the fact that players might get a chance to bet in-game items, which is quite common in many esports titles out there, such as CS:GO.

While Sony seems to have quite ambitious plans for the future, this move might not be well received by the community.

Loot boxes and microtransactions have been heavily scrutinized in the gaming industry, and Sony’s arrival in the betting and gambling scene makes it even worse. That being said, a large number of patents fail to turn into reality, so this doesn’t confirm whether this plan will be put into action.

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Md Armughanuddin

Md is the Head of Content- India for DualShockers. He is pursuing Computer Science Engineering and is really passionate about gaming and technology. You can find him cracking complex coding problems during the day, and covering the latest happenings in the industry at night.

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