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    Sony might be attempting to scope out the idea of implementing an e-sports betting platform on Playstation systems, going off of patent they filed. The patent, which was filed back in 2019, but only made public as of this May, proposes a system that would allow players to bet on winners of game matches, complete with varying betting odds, calculated by a player's previous performance history. There's also mention of varying types of bets, like flat outcomes, or more specific wagers, such as how long a match might take before a given player loses. Sony's possible plans also account for prospective betters offering up not only real-world money, but also bitcoin or digital in-game items. It's worth remembering that patents don't always guarantee that a company will go through with those concepts, but it is a curious thing to see, especially coupled with the fact that Sony bought out the e-sports tournament EVO earlier this year.

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  3. kenenthk

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    Got one month of psn service saying Kansas city chiefs choke during the Superbowl this year.
     
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    Yaaay, gambling.

    I wonder what the legality of this is, and what hastily-written new laws get put in place once there's a public outcry.
    Technically Sony can limit it to ages 18+ and areas where online betting/gambling is legal, but VPNs are a thing, and the usual age protection on the internet is "Are you 18+? You sure? Okay then." So yeah.
     
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    I'm sure everything will be all right - who in their right mind would fix an e-game
     
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    Go get them emoneys Sony!
    But eSports aren't already in other betting platforms?
     
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    I bet this is gonna print money for Sony.

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    Kill it. Kill it now. Exterminate it with FIYAH.
     
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    are there any esports that use ps4/5 only games? or do any professional esports events that use PlayStation?
     
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    They better add an update to the PS5 that blocks gambling or parents will have the perfect excuse to not buy one.
     
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    as I am going to work at an igaming company, this is exciting to watch.
     
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    What's with game companies and gambling? Nintendo tried to do Horse betting online on the Nes, but because it was late eighties Internet it completely failed.
     
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    Definitely not crazy about this, especially if the plan is to integrate the betting service directly into our Playstations. That's just giving ammo to overly concerned parents that video games are bad and shouldn't be in their child's lives at all.

    Now if it's just a side thing outside of the Playstation ecosystem, like it's own mobile app or just a website, then I really don't have any real issue with that. But I can't imagine that's the route Sony intends to pursue
     
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    As someone who worked as an account manager for an online betting site, legality issues are taken very, very seriously as failing to monitor that kind of thing will get you fined out the ass/shut down basically immediately if you don't comply with regulations. The sites I worked for will log all your IP address's and insta-ban you if it detects a VPN or proxy, we required phone numbers and would insta-ban you if you used a VOIP to fake your location, if we thought you weren't from wherever you claimed you were from we would request proof of ID and if it didn't match whatever you'd put we'd insta-ban you. And we were on the more lenient side, I know of a few online betting sites that would require ID and proof of address to even register :lol:


    And in the US, there are only like a dozen or so states that allow online betting at all, everywhere else is actually very strictly anti-online when it comes to betting because the "in-person" legitimate betting places have been bribing "donating" money to politicians to keep it that way. Outside the US is where most online betting is allowed, so it wouldn't surprise me if Sony just didn't include the US in this kind of thing whatsoever. That is, assuming it's for real money and not like...fake stuff :lol:
     
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    Jeez WTF is that, gaming console now entering online bets :whip::shit:
     
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    My state passed a law where you can register with them and say "I have a gambling problem" and they'll say "Great! We'll put you on a list and if you show up at a casino we'll throw your ass in jail and fine you $1000"

    I personally think that's pretty fucked up.
     
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    in a long run, you will lose, because people think there is a such thing as luck, although when it comes to gambling such as slot machine, it is all about probability, and your winnings are just outliers to the statistics. just don't gamble money you cannot afford to lose. better gamble it on crypto ;)
     
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    I’d rather gamble my money on the stock market
     
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    So that's a fair amount of manual labour per customer. Is that something you believe Sony / PSN will implement? I was under the impression their network was staffed by bots and hamsters, with an actual human visiting once a week to check up.
     
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    I'd be surprised if this can even touch the console in EU (and UK) countries considering the strict standards on advertising gambling to minors.

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    Bet it works, though.
     
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