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http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/3...ent_Patent.php


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The claim centers on a U.S. patent for a "database driven online distributed tournament system" that was issued to Walker Digital in 2002.

The patent describes "a method and a system for a distributed electronic tournament system in which many remotely located players participate in a tournament through input/output devices connected to a central controller which manages the tournament."

That method includes steps for allowing players to participate in a tournament after paying an entry fee, storing player info from the tournament, and awarding the player a prize for their tournament performance.

It also describes steps for "determining whether the player has been qualified to advance to a subsequent game session, in which at least one player is eliminated from the previous game session".
How did a patent that vague and massive even get approved
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it seems the patent literally is for a tournament that's played online. I thought this has been done officially or unofficially by lots of people in the past already
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post
How did a patent that vague and massive even get approved
Maybe with a nice little pay out or something? seems like the US likes these retardly vague patents - give the big guys even more while crushing the small guys that cant "pay" for there business
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Why don't they just go out and sue everyone...I mean really...REALLY? Did the patent office go..ah this will never happen so lets just approve it..?! The legal system seems so ignorant
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lets think of something that will happen in the near future, patent it and if it goes big sue everyone.
    
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i wonder if War could be Patented then just sue any countries that go to war - we know it will happen
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you can patent it, but then you have to eventually show progress with it and that you are going ahead with creating it.

this will either get thrown out, or they will simply settle out of court for a small sum.
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Ah then patenting "war" will not work, what about words and names? could patent things like Final Fantasy XV or Mass Effect 4? just in case
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Christ it's another company like Rambus. I hope they loose and the companies turn around and sue them for waiste of time and harrasment. I have lost all faith in patents now.

Edit : Where is their lawsuit against every game company that has ever held a tournament online. Would love to see them try to take on Valve. Valve and Activision would bury that company and ruin any financial stability they may have, their legal department budgets are probably more then the budget for all of Walker Digital.
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Can a patent be un...patent...ed...?
 
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