05779549 is referenced by 838 patents and cites 9 patents.

A method and a system for a distributed electronic tournament system in which many remotely located players participate in a tournament through input/output devices connected to a central controller which manages the tournament. The method includes the steps of (a) uniquely identifying a player communicating with the central controller via an associated input/output device; (b) responding to payment of an entry fee by the player for allowing the player to participate in a tournament occurring within a fixed time window via an associated input/output device; (c) accessing a database to store in the database player information that is generated as the player participates in the tournament, such information being available for use in a subsequent tournament, which is administered by said controller and in which the player participates; and (d) awarding the player a prize for achieving a pre-established performance level in the tournament. In another preferred embodiment, the method further includes the steps of determining whether the player has been qualified to advance to a subsequent game session, in which at least one player is eliminated from the previous game session; and permitting each player qualified to a subsequent game session to participate in that game session. The system includes software and hardware to implement the method steps.

Title
Database driven online distributed tournament system
Application Number
8/635576
Publication Number
5779549
Application Date
April 22, 1996
Publication Date
July 14, 1998
Inventor
James A Jorasch
Stamford
CT, US
Jay S Walker
Ridgefield
CT, US
Agent
Morgan & Finnegan
Agent
Jeffrey L Brandt
Assignee
Walker Assest Management Parnership
CT, US
IPC
A63F 9/22
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