|Finland’s State-owned slot machine association, Raha-Automaattiyhdistys (RAY) has announced that it is investigating the possibility of making its games available online.|
The association stated that its Board of Administration would announce during the second quarter of the year whether it would be able to bring such a plan to fruition.
RAY's activities exclusive rights to operate slot machines and casino table games along with a casino in Finland currently meet legal principles confirmed by the European Court of Justice in a 1999 ruling. However, the association also noted that number of European countries have been subject to measures taken by the European Commission for providing online games.
“We are considering under what judicial, political, financial and ethical conditions Internet distribution would be possible,” said Jukka Vihriala, Chairman for RAY’s Board of Administration.
“We need to consider very carefully whether Internet distribution would unsettle the conditions for RAY’s independence and exclusive right to the extent that the risk is not worth taking.”
The plan was announced at RAY’s recent general meeting where 68 member organisations were represented and Vihriala also referred to a project launched by the Ministry of the Interior to revise the Lottery Act and reminded those in attendance that the group regularly distributes funding to voluntary organisations from its games.
“Now, if ever, it’s time for the voluntary organisations to take an interest in the games and in securing RAY’s future,” said Vihriala.
“This is also the way to secure the future of the voluntary activities carried out by the organisations. The organisations should enhance RAY’s visibility as their own partner, which would clearly emphasise RAY’s role in providing financing for social purposes and promote the acceptability of its activities.”