New AT&T Patent Could Charge Extra for Game Downloads & Online Play

GamersNexus: "Under AT&T's new patent, this type of file transaction could be against core Terms of Service and result in penalties or additional charges. Not a League player? Don't fear, other popular games also rely upon peer-to-peer networks for file transfers - like everything Blizzard makes: World of WarCraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III (source).

Interestingly, the patent could be used to restrict video streaming from services like Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu, all of which compete with AT&T's own cable television package and on-demand services."

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1414d ago

Everything to do with internet in the US is evil! They're nothing but greedy [email protected]

stuna11414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

I live here, and I agree with you! I could see developers capitalizing on this though, because in my opinion this would open the door for more single player games being made. On the other hand big multiplayer games like BF, COD, Killzone, and yes even the soon to be released TitanFall would be wide open to taking a hit, because a lot of people simply can't or, won't want to pay excessive fees depending on how much more their ISP's are talking. In short the COD will become single player affairs.

I agree with what you're saying to an extent, but even know you can see the possibility of the type of service being abused even now! Just think about it Internet caps! Most who do go over their caps are charged double if not triple the regular rates, and then if you want to look at things from an abstract viewpoint, why should people have to pay for access to using the internet anyway!? What's next a charge for breathing!

maniacmayhem1414d ago

I disagree, I do see people paying extra just so they can play their favorite online game. Look at what cable companies and even telephone companies get away with now.

I can see them doing this and slickly offering different package deals specifically targeted to the gamer.

NumOnePS3FanBoy1414d ago

I like your approach to this. But still hate ATT

PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt1414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

i for one would not pay for online play on my mobile. i can see a decline with app games here.. i knew it wasn't going anywhere (phone games)

NVM disregard my comment i thought it was for Phones

ITPython1414d ago

I doubt they would ever charge extra to play an online game. Think about it, playing online games (not talking about downloading games here) uses up a miniscule amount of bandwidth. Were talking on average less than 40KB per/s, I've tested many games and the bandwidth used is practically nothing. Also playing online games isn't interfering with their TV or other services (as in competing).

Now one thing I could potentially see them charging extra for is the massive 30+ GB downloads that come from downloading games, movies, or any other large sized files.

And now that I think about it, MS releasing a digital only XB1 may expedite the process of ISP's charging extra due to the huge increase in gigantic downloads that will result from tons of gamers downloading 30+ GB games off XBL with their digital-only XB1's.

stuna11414d ago


That's a good observation! For all we know this could have been a part of Microsoft plan to begin with! A always online console would have help further that plan, digitally downloaded games only as you said, Netflix, Redbox etc. Having an always active connection still uses bandwidth, Skype potentially uses a nice amount of bandwidth I'm sure considering it deliver 1080p resolution video feed.

SilentNegotiator1413d ago

Net neutrality is either going to be re-instated in a higher court or the law is going to be changed to fix the "contradiction" that the drunk federal judge found. I'm not worried.

Prime1571413d ago (Edited 1413d ago )

^^^ extreme example, but I'm sure there were people who weren't worried about the Nazi's before the holocaust. Take action, don't be lazy.

Gamers need to take action before they start tiering and overcharging for select services.

Come on guys and gals, take the internet back to being a free place to run around.


Sign those petitions, people! THIS WILL EFFECT VIDEO GAMES EVENTUALLY.

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Crazay1414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

here we go guys.. get ready to bend over and spread it wide..cause a phallic sandpaper wrapped object is about to enter your orifice without lube, no dinner or even a courtesy kiss on the mouth.

I guarantee Canadian providers license this garbage.

T21414d ago

You got that right, ok guys I love online play can you fn imagine this sht going through and paying an extra 20, 30, 50 bucks a month to play bf4, halo, kz online? Now do people see where digital only is a problem?!!!!
Download a 30 gb game and see how that works out, he'll even movies are only 5gb or less...

LackTrue4K1414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

i can only speck for my self when i say this....
4UCK YOU AT&T!!!!!!!!!!!

(unfortunate, AT&T is the only provider in my area...)

FunAndGun1414d ago

trust me, you are speaking for most of us when you say that.

Prime1571413d ago (Edited 1413d ago )

Have you signed the petitions?


If you're that angry and aren't doing something about it, then it's YOUR fault.

Milruka1414d ago

It's happening because people didn't do anything a while ago when the government tried to push all those bills through. And only a hand full stood up against it.

Now companies have wong the suits and know that no one "cares" until its to late.

Good just murica!

liquidhalos1413d ago

This [email protected] is going to leak out to the rest of us too. The greed in the states is bewildering

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whoyouwit041414d ago

glad I don't have to deal about this garbage ass company any more.

GiantEnemyCrab1414d ago

They are simply the first. If they start, they will all do the same. Greed destroys everything..

Cupid_Viper_31414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

@ GiantEnemyCrab..

So we should get rid of Microsoft/EA/Activision then? These guys sort of lead the pack when it comes to being greedy as far as gaming is concerned.

By the way, nice to see you back after what seems like such a long Hiatus. :)

Snookies121414d ago

Great... I have AT&T... Just great...