I am an individual developer making a game. Can I apply for patent, or is there any way to protect that game concept/idea, so that if any other developer or company wants to use that concept/idea in their game they'd have to get my permission?
Example there are many racing games but I make a racing game in which players race backwards. I just changed the concept of the game.
By definition, a patent is a protection for your intellectual property (that you invented) from being copied. In the case of your game idea, in the form of a patent, it is considered your invention.
A patent is unique in the fact that it can protect your idea.
The concept for your game that is uniquely yours can be patented and the idea behind it protected.
Can this change in concept be patented, or is there any other way to protect that concept?