IBM patents blockchain tech to enhance video gaming experience

IBM was granted a US patent for a blockchain-based consensus model last week, according to CoinDesk.

IBM will use the patent, titled ‘gaming consensus protocol for blockchain’, to create subsets for game users and then choose a leader out of all available subsets to generate a block and share it with the rest of the blockchain network.

The patent will rely on peers for review, just like any blockchain network would. Users participating in this reviewing process on the blockchain ecosystem will also receive something in return, or a fee.

To highlight the potential of the patent, IBM suggests that its upcoming solution could be used in a number of multiplayer games sporting a sizeable player base, including Call of Duty and Fortnite, specifically to enable microtransactions.

One possible downside to the solution is that it would need consumers to have enough computing power to verify and execute a transfer, which could add to the performance requirements for running a game smoothly.

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