For free use.
Electronic Arts this week opened up five of its accessibility-based patents for public use. The patent pledge allows free use by every developer in the industry without paying EA royalties in order to make their game more inclusive.
Through our patent pledge, we’re committing that every developer in the industry will be able to use our accessibility-centered technology patents — royalty free. Anyone can freely use these patents and implement our accessibility-centered IP in their own games to make them more inclusive. This pledge covers some of our most innovative technologies designed to break down barriers for players living with disabilities or medical issues.
The patents cover the contextual ping system in Apex Legends, as well as processing for color blind gamers and personalized audio generation. The pledge notes that this does not immunize developers from third party claims, and also can be revoked if the developer ever sues EA at some point in the future.