Thanks to the massive success of its PlayStation ecosystem, Sony is arguably the most cherished gaming company on the planet right now. This has not stopped the company from pursuing various areas of growth and, as it turns out, crypto seems to be one of the areas that the company has been looking at. In mid-May, this was confirmed following a report from Market Research Telecast which states that the Japanese video game company had finally published a crypto-related patent that they had filed back in 2019.
The report gave a glimpse of Sony’s plans for the crypto industry. It plans to start accepting bitcoin payments which would allow for live in-game esports betting. The platform would reportedly use both traditional or fiat currency as well as digital currencies but we are naturally more interested in the crypto aspect of the whole thing particularly because it represents yet another massive growth milestone for the sector.
How Would It Work?
Sony already boasts of a massive network as it stands and perhaps their next moves in this regard will revolve around making the new technologies work with their existing products. From what we could gather, the new crypto esports betting feature will simply work as an overlay. This means that the gamblers will still be able to watch the games live and be able to bet in real-time.
When it comes to the betting odds, the company will reportedly rely on artificial intelligence (AI) system that will be utilizing data related to the game’s history and that of the players. To make it even better, Sony seems to be planning to make the amazing new feature available to users of other platforms as well. In the patent, the company mentions porting it other consoles and gaming devices from companies like Nintendo and Microsoft which are the company’s biggest competitors.
Why This Matters
Digital currencies have generally been all the buzz lately and while most of the attention it has been getting could be good, there are still lots of people that are not sold on the idea yet. Sony’s, which owns the most recognizable gaming brands on the planet, entry paves the way for even more adoption.
Gaming has always been one of the most promising use-cases of digital currencies and with the massive rise in esports, there is certainly no better time to begin this journey than now. If everything falls into place, gamers all around the world will soon be able to have an even more refined glimpse of what the video game company has in store for them.