A new patent from Sony brings with it some serious concerns for esports, both for gamers and fans, as the new patent allows viewers to vote and pay to remove players from a game and that player has no veto power over the decision.
The news comes from the Kotaku website, which notes that there must be a majority of at least 60% before removal action can be taken. The idea of banking isn’t exactly new, but since viewers can also pay to remove a player, the whole patent becomes even grimmer than it already was.
The patent also includes an option for spectators to warn players to improve their game, which is another feature that could easily be misused. However, despite the negative potential that this patent brings, it is worth noting that it is only a patent and while this sometimes indicates the intention to use what is patented, it does not mean it Sony Will.
It definitely looks like they are using it, with their recent purchase of EVO and what appears to be a more concerted effort for esports, this patent looks like a dark cloud over what is going on through esports, towers Playstation will look like.
Source – [Kotaku]