August 10, 2021
As reported by Comic Book, Sony has filed a patent application titled “Spectators Vote to Bench Players in a Video Game”.
The application discloses a method where spectators may vote to remove a player from a video game for “bad behavior, poor sportsmanship [and] substandard performance”. As disclosed in the abstract, the “method can also include animating the removal of the player and providing visual cues to other players or spectators as to why the player was removed from the video game”.
Interestingly, the patent application suggests that it would not be free to cast a vote in this system.
Author: Jaclyn Tilak