Sony Interactive has filed a patent that allows players to bet on esports matches using default currency, Bitcoin, and in-game items.
The report comes from PatentScope, and it is said that the patent was filed in 2019, but was finally published this month. The system’s concept allows the users to bet while the esports match is going on, which means people don’t need to guess the outcome of the match before the match starts.
The source of funds for betting varies a lot in this system apparently, as the patent states “Wagers may be pecuniary, e.g., money or bitcoin, or may be non-pecuniary, e.g., game assets, digital rights, and virtual currency.” This means that players can use cryptocurrencies and even in-game items, which sounds great actually.
The patent also includes the system being on systems other than PlayStation, which means this whole thing isn’t only for PlayStation users. It also has mobile devices included so that’s another level. Actually, Sony has been busy with many patent filings lately, so I expect even more services and features to come.