In India, the small northeastern state of Nagaland has begun licensing online poker operators with the first license going to K365 Web Assets and its domain at Khelo365.com, while operator Club Empire Tech Private Limited has also been issued with poker-only authorisation.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he fourth smallest state in India, Nagaland explained that the licences allow operators to offer their services to players and advertise in any Indian territory where such games and activities are permitted.
The licensing, a first for India, follows the passage of the Nagaland Prohibition Of Gambling And Promotion And Regulation Of Online Games Of Skill Act 2016 this April.
“This is a huge boost to the skill gaming industry and has [a] tremendous future in India,” said Swapnil Chaturvedi of Club Empire Tech.
According to media reports, the state has announced that it has issued around ten additional provisional letters of intent to operators hoping to secure a Nagaland State Lotteries licence.
However these firms will only pass the final hurdle after having their random number generation technology and software certifications examined, in addition to a full review of their incorporation and tax documents.
“We are happy that the Nagaland government has finally issued the licence to regulate online skill games,” said Vinod Manoharan, MD for K365 Web Assets. “The licence issued by the Nagaland government will end the debate on the legality of online poker once and for all and will enable this industry to bloom.”