U.S. Patent No. 10,765,955: Video game notifications for streaming games
Issued September 8, 2020, to Activision Publishing Inc.
Filed: April 23, 2018 (claiming priority to December 27, 2017)
U.S. Patent No. 10,765,955 (the ‘955 patent) relates to requested notifications indicating occurrence of video game play events, which provide access to gameplay live streams. The ‘955 patent details a method of providing notifications concerning video game play events to users, first by receiving requests from the users for such notifications, storing the requests on one or more servers, then determining whether gameplay events on game servers match the notification request of a given user. If a match is found, a notification is provided to the user. The notification can include information allowing the viewer to view a live stream of gameplay from the game server where the match occurred. The ‘955 patent could allow gamers to get personalized notifications for limited-time events, get streams of game events that they need help with, or even stay current with the meta of how players are tactically approaching gameplay events.
Users may request notification of occurrence of video game play events. Upon occurrence of the video game play events, the users may be provided access to live streams of play of the video games. In some embodiments the video game play events may occur across play of a multitude of video games using a multitude of game hosts, including in some embodiments different video games, and play of the video games may be at unscheduled times.
- A method of providing notifications to users of occurrence of video game play events, comprising: receiving, by at least one server of one or more servers, a plurality of requests for notification of occurrence of video game play events from a plurality of devices of a plurality of requestors, each of the requests for notification specifying a video game play event and including an identification of the requestor making the request; storing, by at least one server of the one or more servers, information of the requests for notification of occurrence of video game play events; determining, by at least one server of the one or more servers, whether information regarding play of a plurality of video games on a plurality of game servers matches the information of the requests for notification of occurrence of video game play events; and in response to determining the existence of a match, providing, by at least one server of the one or more servers, a notification comprising an identifier of the matched video game play event to particular ones of the plurality of devices corresponding to requestors making a request for the matched video game play event.