PERSISTENT GAME SESSIONS WITH MULTIPLAYER SUPPORT

Utility Patent Application (A1)

March 14, 2019

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Applicants: Apple Inc.

Inventors: Ben HARRY, Johnny TRENH, Megan GARDNER, Alan BERFIELD

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques for initiating direct-connection multiplayer game sessions and for resuming a previously-adjourned multiplayer game session using a stored game object representing a state of the game session. In one exemplary method, a multiplayer gaming application may be executed on a first terminal, which may be associated with a first user. The first terminal may access a game object stored on a content management server that contains data representing a state of a previously adjourned session of the multiplayer gaming application. Further, the first terminal may determine, from the game object, a second terminal associated with a second user. The first terminal may host a session between the first terminal and the second terminal. Finally, an updated game object reflecting an updated state of the session may be stored on the content management system.