VAXJO, Sweden — The Swedish parliament has voted to allow lotteries, bingo and casino gaming to be organized via the Internet. The changes to the Swedish lottery law have opened the door for the Swedish National Lottery, AB Trav och Galopp (the Swedish horse racing organization) and non-commercial organizations to distribute their games via digital media. The new lottery law will come into force this August, so applications from existing operators are now being accepted.
“As a recognized and experienced European supplier of software to the gaming industry, it’s like winning the lottery jackpot for us. This is obviously a great opportunity for us to supply our products to some of the operators who will be licensed to distribute digital lottery games on the Swedish market and, subsequently, to extend operations into the whole of Europe,” said Peter Bertilsson, CEO and President of Boss Media.
Within Europe, England is the only other country to permit Internet gaming, with restrictions on English gambling organizations being lifted 2 years ago. So far, the major lottery and gaming organizations have been reluctant to get into the digital market due to the uncertainty as to which way the law would go. Now that the Swedish lottery law has been changed in favor of a regulated market, rather than prohibition, other countries will probably follow suit and thereby promote the digital trend further.
International competition via the Internet has weakened control over gaming and lottery activities in Sweden, leading the Swedish parliament to identify the need to modernize the law for public health reasons. This need has been met through the changes to the lottery law, which will now come into effect. Swedish lottery and gaming interests have always regulated to minimize the potential negative effects of gambling, and this approach will continue in future.
The Boss Media Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of digitally distributed gaming entertainment. Potential licensees are offered a customized client-server system, an integrated payment system, and the maintenance and administration services necessary for the successful operation of the licensed gaming system. Boss Media AB (publ) is a publicly traded company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange’s O-list (Attract 40).
Diamond Releases Three New Games
Diamond Digital Systems, a leading provider of Internet gaming software, today released 3-hand Super 7 Blackjack, progressive Aces & Eights and progressive All-American Video Pokers. The games were simultaneously released in both Diamond’s Java-based browser and Win32 download client formats, and complement the company’s many existing table, video poker, keno and slot games.
“Super 7 Blackjack is our second table game to feature our multi-hand technology and adds even more excitement to this already very popular game. Players may play 1, 2 or 3 hands simultaneously against the dealer using a 6-deck shoe. A Super 7 bet allows the player to wager an additional $1 to $10 side bet that one or more 7s will be dealt to that hand. All-American ‘Gator Progressive and Aces & Eights Progressive four-of-a-kind Video Slot Online Poker machines bring the excitement of progressive Jackpots to the Video Poker machine format. Both these machines incorporate a Double-Up win feature, and All-American boasts a very popular Gator Poker payout table”, said Nick Gabriel, V.P. Operations of Diamond Digital Systems. “These releases are part of our uncompromising commitment to bringing the best in casino games to the net.”
High quality, immersive graphics, an intuitive interface, and short download times, the Diamond hallmark, distinguish the games. Table limits for Super 7 Blackjack are defined by individual casinos, whilst the to Video Poker machines accept bets in 25c, $1 and $5 denominations.