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Patent Issued for Gaming Notifications Aggregator

August 26, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Ye, Lan (Redmond, WA); Garg, Neeraj (Redmond, WA); Jain, Raj (Woodinville, WA); Cupala, Shiraz J. (Seattle, WA); Hull, Eric (Seattle, WA), filed on November 3, 2010, was published online on August 12, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8805939, is Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The video game experience has evolved from one in which an isolated gaming experience was provided into one in which users on a variety of processing devices, such as personal computers, gaming consoles, and mobile devices, communicate with each other to share a common gaming experience. One example of an online gaming system that enables users to communicate with each other is Microsoft's Xbox 360 Live.RTM. online game service. Using such online gaming systems, users are provided with a gaming experience which may be shared between friends and other gamers located anywhere in the world.

"Online gaming systems commonly provide notification to users of various gaming related activities via email, website messages, or in-game messages. The various gaming related activities may include invitations to start a new game session, turn notices, nudges, and game score notifications. Today, online gaming systems display various notifications for the same and different games in separate lists causing a disjointed experience. For example, each game on a mobile phone maintains its own notification list and therefore a game player must go to each game separately in order to view the respective game notification list. For some online gaming systems, the number of game notifications may become large and cumbersome to manage, especially if multiple games are involved."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Technology is described for aggregating and consolidating game notifications. In one embodiment, the disclosed technology aggregates and consolidates game related notifications of different types, from different games, from different game sessions, and from different gaming platforms into a consolidated environment. The consolidated environment may be projected to and managed from a variety of different gaming devices including mobile devices, gaming and media consoles, and personal computers. The consolidated environment provides game players with an efficient and convenient means for managing their game related notifications.

"One example of a method for aggregating gaming notifications includes receiving gaming notifications from one or more gaming sessions, aggregating the received gaming notifications into an aggregated set of gaming notifications, consolidating the received gaming notifications, and outputting at least a consolidated game notification. The step of outputting may include transmitting the at least a consolidated game notification to a mobile device.

"This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter."

For more information, see this patent: Ye, Lan; Garg, Neeraj; Jain, Raj; Cupala, Shiraz J.; Hull, Eric. Gaming Notifications Aggregator. U.S. Patent Number 8805939, filed November 3, 2010, and published online on August 12, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Technology, Microsoft Corporation.

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Source: Journal of Technology

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