Nagaland issues 4 online skill games licenses

29 December 2016

Just one day after the first online skill games license was awarded to K365 Web Assets Pvt. Ltd., the Nagaland government has issued the second license for online skill games to Club Empire Tech Pvt. Ltd., a Kolkata based company on Thursday, 15th December. The license has been issued for a single game, i.e. poker.

Club Empire was the first company to have obtained a Letter of Intent (LOI) from the Nagaland government in August 2016.  Commenting on the development, Swapnil Chaturvedi, co-founder of Club Empire said, “It is a remarkable move by the Nagaland government to regulate and streamline the hitherto unregulated online gaming market. The license has opened new opportunities in marketing, strategic tie-ups and building players’ trust. Club Empire under the licensing regime will soon launch its revolutionary poker product that will enhance player experience.”

Luv Kalra, founder of Club Empire noted, “The Nagaland licensing regime has given a path to our vision and it is time to have a regulated gaming market.” It is believed that the Nagaland government is set to issue more online skill games licenses in the next couple of months.

Regarding the rest of the two licenses, as per news reports and a post on the Pokerhigh Facebook page, Quantumskill Gaming and Tech. Pvt. Ltd., which operates the online poker website has received the third license from the Nagaland state government to operate online games of skill. Another company, WYZ Games Pvt. Ltd. which operates the poker website has also obtained the license from the Nagaland state government, taking the total number of companies to have obtained the license to four. All four companies have obtained the license only for one game, i.e. poker.

The license is for only one game, i.e. poker, but this could not be independently verified at this stage. A statement on the Pokerhigh Facebook page reads as follows:

"Quantumskill Gaming & Tech Pvt. Ltd., the holding company of is proud to announce that we have been issued a license for online poker (No limit Texas Holdem & Pot Limit Omaha) under the ‘Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling & Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill Act 2016."

"We at Poker High are dedicated to bringing this challenging mind sport out of the shadows, giving poker and its growing community of accomplished players the recognition and respect they deserve. The license is a huge boost to our efforts and creates a more accessible gateway to your gaming horizons."

The news could neither be independently verified at this stage nor was a copy of the Nagaland online skill games license posted on the Pokerhigh website. Mithun Rebello, Director of Quantumskill Gaming and Tech Pvt. Ltd. did not confirm the news of award of license at the time of writing this article (despite repeated attempts to reach out to him) and chose not to answer queries raised by Glaws, unlike extensive statements given by other license holders.

    Update 1: Mithun Rebello has replied to the questions raised by Glaws and added that the delay in reverting was because he was travelling. Following are his comments on the license:

    "Quantumskill Gaming & Tech Pvt. Ltd., (QSG) the holding company of has been issued a license for online poker (No limit Texas Hold em and Pot Limit Omaha) under the Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling & Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill Act.

    We are proud to have been issued a license under the Ground breaking Act which certainly goes a long way in legalising and promoting skill based gaming in India.

    We launched in May 2015 and have been committed to providing poker players a seamless, fair & genuine poker experience. True to our commitment we launched our new and improved product in September this year which is smooth, feature rich and certified by Itech labs Australia.

    Our stellar team of poker professionals have been involved in promoting education and awareness of poker in India with the intention of bringing this awesome mind sport out of the shadows.

    The License gives a huge boost to our efforts and creates a more accessible gateway to skill gaming horizons. The Act provides much needed clarity on the legalisation and regulation of poker and other skill based games in India. The efforts of the Nagaland government must be truly appreciated and applauded."

Update 2: Gaurav Gaggar, Director of WYZ  Games Pvt. Ltd. confirmed the development and commented as follows:

    "Yes we have received a license for poker right now and intend to get for the bouquet of games soon. This is a game changer for India as it allows serious and ethical companies to cater to clients as differentiated from other fly by night operators. Clients and other stake holders of the industry gain with more transparency. Regulation ensures player protection and relative safety for payment gateways. Over all a historic move for skill based gaming industry in India. Exciting times."


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