Electronic Arts Patent Grants

System and method for providing a tiered rebate system to a user

Granted: March 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10232251
One aspect of the disclosure relates to providing a tiered rebate system in an online game. The users may spend over a certain time period and based on spending during that time frame, receive a certain amount of what the user spent back. Thus, the user receives a tiered rebate which may correlate to one or more of user spend frequency, user spend velocity, a total amount spent, and/or any other metrics.

Facilitating map navigation in an online game

Granted: March 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10232267
A system and method for facilitating navigation of a map in an online game are disclosed. A navigation mode may be provided to enable user to navigate the map by specifying a type of map features of interest to the user. In such a navigation mode, the user may provide directional control input for navigating the map to a map feature having a map feature type associated with the navigation mode; and the field of view of the map may jump from the present field of view to a new field of…

Systems and methods for regulating access to game content of an online game

Granted: March 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10232271
Online games may include game content that may be played cooperatively by groups of users. The game content may include a group roles set for the users in individual groups. Users of an online game may interact with the online game via client computing platforms. The client computing platforms may include virtual reality platforms and non-virtual reality platforms. Access to the game content of the online game may be regulated by determining whether the users are attempting to play a…

Automation of in-game purchases

Granted: March 12, 2019
Patent Number: 10226691
An online gaming system for automating purchases of virtual items for users of the online game even when users are logged off. Users may input purchase instructions for setting and/or scheduling automatic purchases of virtual items through a shop interface. Purchase instructions may include purchase criteria which must be satisfied for the purchase to be realized. After a purchase is completed, the user's inventory of items may be updated to reflect the newly purchased items so that the…

System and method for granting in-game bonuses to a user

Granted: March 12, 2019
Patent Number: 10226707
Disclosed herein is technology for providing in-game bonuses to a user's in-game persona. The technology involves affiliation virtual items that provide quality-based bonuses and level based bonuses. The technology provides systems and methods for upgrading an affiliation virtual item's level and/or enhancing the affiliation virtual item's quality. If an upgrade or enhancement is unsuccessful, the affiliation virtual item may be broken and the quality bonuses and/or level bonuses may be…

Interactive gameplay playback system

Granted: March 12, 2019
Patent Number: 10226708
The disclosure provides a video playback system for use within a game application and/or other interactive computing environments. The video playback system can be used to capture gameplay during execution of a game application. The captured gameplay video can be processed and stored within the game application or in a network accessible location.

System and method for updating a game state in an online game

Granted: March 5, 2019
Patent Number: 10220313
A game server may maintain a game state for an online game. The game state may represent a plurality of game state attributes and attribute values of a virtual world in which an online game takes place. One or more game state attributes may be related to another game state attribute, whereby changing a value for a first game state attribute may affect the values available to a second game state attribute. A command entered by a first player may affect a first game state attributes (and,…

Generating individual play bases in a virtual space using markup information

Granted: March 5, 2019
Patent Number: 10220318
A system and method for generating individual player bases in a virtual space using markup information are disclosed. Player base definitions specific individual players may be managed. The player base definitions may indicate boundaries of player bases in the virtual space, a base type for the player bases, and/or any other information related to the player bases. Player base markup information may be obtained for a given player base type. The obtained player base markup information may…

Collaborative online gaming system and method

Granted: February 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10207191
A system, method, and computer program product for collaborative online gaming, including at least one of providing a central repository master browser system; providing an experience calibrated match-making service; providing a dynamic multiplayer server component auto deployment and aggregation system; providing a lobby centric simultaneous and collaborative client game play launching feature; and providing a video game screen over-layer technology giving users access to a control…

Systems and methods for providing offers within a game space that decrease in value based on previous acceptances of the offers

Granted: February 19, 2019
Patent Number: 10210708
Offers provided within a game space may decrease in value based on previous acceptances of the offers. A game instance of a game space may be executed to facilitate presentation of views of the game space to users to enable interaction of the users with the game space and/or each other by performing operations in the game space in response to commands received from the users. Offers may be provided within the game instance of the game space that decrease in value based on previous…

Systems and methods for incentivizing user log-in to a user account associated with an online game

Granted: February 12, 2019
Patent Number: 10201754
User log-in to a user account of an online game may be incentivized by providing awards to the users for logging in. Reengagement time periods for individual ones of the user accounts may be determined. The reengagement time periods may be determined to expire at times when a user may be logged out and/or may be expected to be logged out. By way of non-limiting example, the reengagement time periods may expire during wait periods for ongoing in-game tasks. The awards may be provided…

Customized change-based items

Granted: February 12, 2019
Patent Number: 10201758
A system configured to facilitate user customization of the distribution of virtual items usable in a virtual space. Virtual items may be distributed via probability item bundles. Probability item bundles may be associated with a set of potential awards. The potential awards included in the set of potential awards may be individually associated with a probability of being distributed once the probability item bundle is activated by a user. Customization of probability item bundles may…

System and method for non-deterministically providing denominated virtual currencies in a virtual space

Granted: February 12, 2019
Patent Number: 10203846
A system and method for non-deterministically providing denominated virtual currency in a virtual space are disclosed. The units of virtual currencies may be classified by different denominations and levels. Non-purchasing utilities may be obtained for the denomination and level of the virtual currencies and provided to users in the virtual space. In one example, the denomination and level of the virtual currencies may be used as socketing elements to provide boosts to base attributes to…

Determining paylines in a slot game based on player characters

Granted: February 12, 2019
Patent Number: 10204477
A system and method for determining paylines in a slot game based on player characters are disclosed. A given player character may correspond to distinctive paylines along which symbols in a pull outcome may be assessed for rewards, for gameplays to be implemented in a game space, and/or any for other types of results provided by a slot game. In some examples, the number of the paylines corresponding to the given player character may correlate with various aspects regarding the given…

System and method for in-game advertising to assist in recruiting of affiliation members

Granted: February 5, 2019
Patent Number: 10195530
A system and method for providing in-game advertising to assist in recruiting of affiliation members in an online game. The system and method include receiving affiliation advertising bids from affiliations for advertising opportunities. A bid indicating an aggregate amount of consideration is pledged by multiple users in an affiliation on behalf of the affiliation in a competitive auction with other affiliations for an advertising opportunity and determining winning affiliation…

Purchasable tournament multipliers

Granted: February 5, 2019
Patent Number: 10195532
A system and method configured to enhance gameplay between users in an online game. In some implementations, the system and method include executing an instance of an online game and determining the value of a gameplay parameter for a user reflecting progress by that user within the online game. The system and method includes conducting an event in the online game that takes place during an event time period and determining, for individual users, values of an event parameter based on…

Systems and methods for facilitating group gameplay in an online game

Granted: February 5, 2019
Patent Number: 10198901
A system and method for facilitating group gameplay in an online game may include executing an game instance of an online game. User selected criteria may define values of one or more parameters associated with the users that may be eligible to receive benefit offers to participate in cooperative gameplay with groups towards common objectives. The benefit offers may include reward enhancements. Synchronous gameplay by the users with the groups towards one or more objectives may be…

Ad serving offers and new game promotions outside the game module with business intelligence based on portfolio of games

Granted: January 29, 2019
Patent Number: 10192402
An online gaming system providing dynamic delivery of advertisements to users of an online game. The system may dynamically select advertisement for delivery based on one or more user parameters which characterize the user's activity with the online game. The system may comprise one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules. The system may include a game module configured to execute an instance of an online game and to implement the instance of the online game to…

User behavior analyzer

Granted: January 29, 2019
Patent Number: 10193772
A system and method is shown for identifying abnormal client behavior with respect to communications between one or more servers and one or more client devices communicatively coupled to the one or more servers. Messages are received at a server from one or more client devices communicatively coupled to the server. The plurality of messages are grouped into subsets of messages using a learn module of the server. Each subset of messages is associated with a unique client identifier, and…

Systems and methods for providing virtual reality content in an online game

Granted: January 22, 2019
Patent Number: 10183223
Virtual reality content in an online game may be provided by providing access to users attempting to join a game instance via virtual reality platforms and denying access to users attempting to join the game instance via non-virtual reality platforms. Virtual reality content in an online game may be provided by requiring users playing the online game via virtual reality platforms during a time period to achieve a first objective, and requiring users playing the online game via…