Sony is seeking a patent if there is a way to reward or punish online gamers' behavior

Sony is seeking a patent if there is a way to reward or punish online gamers' behavior ...

And a patent filed by Sony and recently discovered by some users suggests that there may be some sort of automated mechanism to reward or punish online behavior of players, likely as a preventative measure to reduce the toxicity of online communities.

In typical very vague patent language, the patent, discovered by TopTierList via ResetEra, describes "a technique for verifying behavior associated with online gaming," but this appears to refer to a more widespread automated system, which should also include incentives for correct behavior.

This patent may be a viable alternative to Sony's overtures, given that a group of politicians in the United States wrote an open letter to Sony, Microsoft, and other companies just recently, requesting more attention to online player interactions and a concrete commitment to combating the toxic effects of many.

The document dates back to September 2022 but had not been made public previously. "The method also includes the analysis, through artificial intelligence models, of the player's behavior to determine whether there are signs of abuse."

Fortnite is mentioned as a game in which this system might be integrated and as an example of a place where such interactions may take place.

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