he supply of these iVT's is part of the True Server Based Gaming project which was initially entered by Ace Interactive (former Essnet Interactive) and Norsk Tipping in 2003. Execution of the project was delayed pending the outcome of a legal challenge brought by existing operators.
The case was resolved by a decision of the EFTA (European Free Trade Area) court in March 2007 and as a result the Norwegian government authorised Norsk Tipping to resume the roll-out of the project.
"It has been a long time coming but we are very glad to finally be able to re-commence the execution of this project. We have been working very closely with Norsk Tipping to create a gaming solution which will support both the responsible gaming needs of Norsk Tipping and one which will provide players with an attractive variety of games and interactive video Terminals," said ACE Interactive's CEO Michael Koch.
"After the state government allowed us to resume the project both organizations have worked hard to ensure the end solution is one which achieves all of our objectives," said Tollef Imsdalen, Senior Vice President of Norsk Tipping.
Nick Khin, Executive General Manager, EMEA for Aristocrat, added “We are very excited to be working with Norsk Tipping on this large scale video lottery terminal and server based gaming project. The rollout of the ACE Interactive solution across Norway will demonstrate the strength and scalability of our server based gaming solution. This is the same platform that has recently been submitted to GLI for approval for use in a casino environment. We anticipate final GLI certification in the 1st quarter 2008.”
It is expected that the iVTs will be placed in locations throughout Norway whereas the server based gaming central system will be located and operated by Norsk Tipping in Hamar, Noway.