Now Loading... Patent for Mini Video Games Loading Screen Expires

Now Loading... Patent for Mini Video Games Loading Screen Expires

If you’ve ever played video games, you know the worst part can be waiting for the game to load. Nothing happens. The screen sits immobile, reads “now loading,” or perhaps features a fact or tip about the game. And that is because technology company Namco Bandai has held a patent on mini games within those loading screens since 1995. But on Friday, that patent finally expired, paving the way for other gaming companies to make the video game loading screen a little more interesting.

Will game developers still have to pay licensing fees to Namco for similar mini games? Read more about Patents.

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