General information regarding the issuing of permits
The act on arrangements for certain gaming machines (1982:636) regulates games on mechanical or electronic gaming machines which do not provide prizes or which only provide prizes in the form of granting free games on the machine. These are known as so-called “amusement games”.
Permits are required for amusement games when they are placed in locations or areas to which the general public has access. Permits are also required for locations or areas to which the public has been granted a limited access by requiring, for example, an invitation or membership of a certain association, provided that the amount of people with access to the location or area reaches a certain level or if the terms which have been specified in connection to the invitation or membership are so vague that the conditions may be compared to areas which are accessible to the general public.
Examples of amusement games
Amusement games are mechanical or electronic gaming machines which do not provide prizes or which only provide prizes in the form of granting free additional games on the machine. Examples of amusement games are pinball, shooter games, target games and video games.
Games which are denied permits
Permits are denied for gaming machines which are specifically intended for use as hazard games, so-called “risk games” (e.g. poker, 21 and bagatelle) or for machines which are specifically intended for gambling for money such as fruit machine (slots) or poker slot machines (video poker). Nor may machines receive permits if they are specifically designed to generate money; the game is equipped with a payment mechanism or an unusually short game time. Additional examples of games which are denied permits are games that, as a consequence of their violent content, may create an unsuitable environment for children.