The Game Developers Conference is open March 16 – 20, 2020, in San Francisco, California, the industry’s largest trade show. Numerous exhibitors will be present, including Oculus. A recently-issued patent is U.S. Patent No. 10,341,537, (‘537) issued July 2, 2019, entitled “Spectator View into an Interactive Gaming World Showcased in a Live Event Held in a Real-World Venue.” The inventor is Bhaswar Sarkar of San Mateo, California. The applicant/assignee is Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC of San Mateo, California.
Figure 1B illustrates the process of the gaming environment.
The specification discloses embodiments for an eSports gaming environment which includes various embodiments, including one embodiment for a virtual reality (VR) POV setting, and another embodiment for a 3-dimensional (3D) live streaming environment.
[T]he various embodiments of the present disclosure describe methods and systems for participating in a live event (e.g., live eSports event including competitive video gaming) by a remote user as a virtual audience member. (‘537 patent, p. 27, col. 1, lns. 36-40.)
The claims are directed to the method and computer readable medium of live event gaming environment, comprising the 3D generation and streaming, and remote user receiving a VR interactive gaming environment.
The Cooperative Patent Classifications are H04N, pictorial communication, e.g., television, namely, studio circuitry, devices, or equipment related to virtual studio applications (5/2224), with means for inserting a foreground image in a background image (5/272), stereoscopic video systems for generating image signals corresponding to three or more geometrical viewpoints (13/282), and selective content distribution, e.g., interactive television or video on demand processing of content or additional data (21/23) with end-user applications (21/47); A63F, card, board or roulette games, namely, video games, i.e., games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions characterized by a large display in a public venue (13/27).
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