The kahnawake gaming commission has been around for over two decades and is responsible for regulating online casinos, poker rooms, and sportsbooks. It is a pioneer among online gambling authorities and has played a crucial role in the development of the online casino industry. The kgc is not as popular as the ukgc or malta gaming authority, but it still regulates over 50 well-known kahnawake casinos. Not only does it oversee the activity of online gambling platforms, but it also regulates a number of brick-and-mortar casinos that operate within the kahnawake territory.

History as a Licensing Agent

The kahnawake gaming commission was formed in 1996 under the mandate of the kahnawake gaming law. Three years later, section 35 was included to cover the regulations concerning interactive gaming. They were crafted to cover the conduct of any agents acting within the kahnawake mohawk territory, making sure they abide by several principles of gaming:

  • to regulate and control interactive gaming based in or offered from within the mohawk territory of kahnawake, according to the law
  • to ensure that interactive gaming is responsible, fair and honest -to prevent interactive gaming from being associated with crime
  • to ensure that the operators treat players fairly, pay winners promptly and that all information related to player accounts is held in the strictest confidence
  • to protect persons under the age of 18 years and other vulnerable persons from the risks of gaming

In 2010, an amendment to the regulations was passed requiring all companies to be hosted by mohawk internet technologies. This has given the company a virtual monopoly on the territory. The data centre is managed and maintained by the isle of man based technology firm continent 8. The kahnawake gaming commission also has strong bonds with other gambling jurisdictions and entered a memoranda of understanding with antigua and barbuda in 2005, with malta in 2006, and with alderney in 2010. Closer to home, the kahnawake has similar agreements with the six nations gambling commission in neighbouring ontario, and the santa ysabel tribe in california. In the eyes of canadian law, only provincial governments have the right to offer online gambling services to their citizens. However, the kahnawake tribe, and other first nation tribes, insist that they have the right to regulate gaming sites and that those they regulate should be made available across the world wherever gambling is legal. Over the last decade, the quebec government has chosen to look the other way, which has enabled the kahnawake jurisdiction to grow and become the largest grey-market gaming jurisdiction in the world.

Software Compatible with Kahnawake Casinos

There is a much wider range of software available here than from minor licensing authorities like antigua and barbuda. The most popular brand, according to our database, is microgaming from the isle of man. Not only does it provide over 450 of its own releases, but it also acts as an aggregator for many new and niche content creators. Recently, microgaming has become a major talent hub for manufacturers such as gameburger studios, all42 studios, switch, stormcraft, fortune factory, slingshot, crazy tooth, and others.

This manufacturer specializes in slots machines and reinventing classic table games, including classic roulette and american roulette. However, microgaming is a very self-sufficient provider, with over fifteen variations of table pokers, a big assortment of classic and video slots, as well as progressive slots including mega moolah and immortal romance. There are also plenty of table games and arcades in its portfolio. Microgaming can also be combined with some other major suppliers, including push gaming, net entertainment, play’n go, ash gaming, as well as a live content supplier evolution gaming. Among such multi-studio lobbies is the one delivered by 1×2 sports casino. What is peculiar about the kahnawake license is that it also authorizes software usually targeted at offshore gamblers and in most cases certified by smaller jurisdictions, such as curacao, cyprus, panama, etc. We are talking about realtime gaming — one of the most popular content creators available to players from the united states, south africa, singapore and other jurisdictions where igaming inside the country is strongly regulated by the in-house legislature.

Requirements to get a Kahnawake Gaming License

There are a few things you need in order to get a kahnawake gaming license. The authorities will need to be able to verify the identity of the owners and make sure that the funds are legitimate. You also need to show that you’re qualified to run this type of business. In order to do this, you’ll need to submit some id documents, proof of address, income, professional references, and an application form. These will then be looked over to make sure everything checks out and that you’re a good fit for kahnawake. We may also ask for additional supporting documentation if needed.

To be eligible for a kahnawake gaming license, the following conditions and submissions must be met by every single authorized person, officer, director, shareholder, beneficial and ultimate beneficiary owner:

  • original certificate of no criminal record of the owners of the company to ensure that there are no criminal records about these owners
  • certified copy(ies) of passport(s) not older than 3 months
  • birth certificate
  • original bank references of the owners; not older than 3 months
  • personal financial statements for directors, shareholders and ubos
  • original or certified copies of utility bills not older than 3 months
  • description and details of the games offered and gaming software being used
  • confirmation of the rng application and its fairness (3rd party certification) if applicable -hosting of servers in kahnawake