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Could A Patent, Filed By Sony, Change Esports Forever?

Sony recently filed a new legal patent that has “the potential to change the playing field of esports,” according to Game Rant’s Aaron Kluz. He says the point of the patent “is to provide viewers with the ability to control what viewpoint they are seeing using various commands.”

“The ability for viewers to control what perspective they see could stand to greatly enhance the remote viewing experience. Not only would it allow viewers to focus on the team or a player that they have a preference for, but it also would allow viewers to focus on a particular role being played in the match that they are more interested in,” Kluz writes. “While many patents never lead to any actual hardware or software releases, Sony’s patent does have a lot of potential if the company does pursue it. A system allowing viewers to switch between perspectives could have a large impact on viewership for live events like esports matches…”

Patents are used to protect inventions and register trademarks. They are provided by The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent applications are received at the rate of over 500,000 per year.

The Profit‘s Take:

I’m surprised that Sony can even file for this patent. The reality is that esports like CS:GO have had this type of functionality forever. Should Sony be granted this patent, I worry they may enforce it to the detriment of the industry.

(All information was provided by USPTO and Game Rant)

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