06699125 is referenced by 232 patents.

A game and messenger client-server system is provided including a plurality of game clients, a game server, a plurality of messenger clients, and a messenger server. The game server includes logic to operate a multiplayer game using inputs from and outputs to an active game set of game clients, wherein game clients other than those in the active game set can join an active game by supplying the game server with a reference to the active game. Additionally, logic is included for coupling a game client to a messenger client to allow the game client to send the messenger client data used to initiate joining a game, whereby a message sent by the messenger client includes the data used to initiate joining a game. Also, logic is included for initiating a join of a game at an invitee client, using data received in a message to the invitee.

Title
Game server for use in connection with a messenger server
Application Number
9/898746
Publication Number
6699125 (B2)
Application Date
July 2, 2001
Publication Date
March 2, 2004
Inventor
Brian Gottlieb
Palo Alto
CA, US
Chris Kirmse
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
US
Agent
Philip H Albert
US
Assignee
Yahoo&excl
CA, US
IPC
A63F 13/12
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