EA opens up Apex Legends’ pings and other accessibility patents
Electronic Arts have granted developers access to five patents related to accessibility. This includes Apex Legends’ excellent ping system. This gives developers and publishers the freedom to use these systems in their games. This is a win-win for gamers with disabilities. Electronic Arts will also continue to release patents under this patent pledge and update ones that have already been released.
Three patients that are being released have been used by Electronic Arts’ sports franchises Madden NFL and FIFA. These technologies “automatically detect, modify and adjust the colors, brightness, and contrast in a video game to improve visibility of objects with similar luminosities.”‘
“Personalized sound technology” is the fifth patent now open for public use. It aims to assist players with hearing problems by creating or altering music according to their preferences. This can be done without any limitations.
The code can be found on GitHub and is open to developers of any size or location. They can use the patents for their games without having to spend money on research and development. Other developers can use these systems to create more accessible tools…