Interview with RAIG Chairman Clive Hawkswood
January 15, 2020
Clive Hawkswood is the chairman of Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG), an independent body that aims to promote safer, responsible gambling.
Kahnawake is one of the Mohawk Territories in Canada. This jurisdiction is the home of Kahnawake Gaming Commission, one of the regulatory bodies of online casinos. It has been regulating and granting licenses to a long list of popular casinos around the world since 1994. With years of being in the industry, the Commission runs on the principle of a responsible, fair, and honest online gaming.
Most regulatory bodies require a license per category. One such licensor is the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. There are four types of licenses, authorizations, and permits you can get from this regulator body:
This license allows hosting providers to offer services within Kahnawake. Note that only of this license can be issued at any given time.
This license is issued for approved casinos, bookies, or poker sites that want to offer online gaming within Kahnawake. But they must work together with the approved IGL hosting providers. There is no limit on how many CPAs can be issued by Kahnawake.
This applies to online casinos, sports betting sites or poker sites that already have a license from other areas. They must secure this license if they want to extend their staff, equipment, and offers within Kahnawake.
This is granted to any of the key members of a company holding a CPA license. This member is the one responsible in making sure that the company follows the set rules and standards. In addition, he will also serve as main contact person of KGC.
Note that a US$5,000 to US$40,000 application fee applies to each license. Once your license is approved, you have to settle at least US$1,000 to at most US$20,000 fees per year. The rate will depend on which licenses your casino holds. Meanwhile, some of these licenses need to be renewed every five years. In this case, a US$2,500 to US$5,000 fee applies.
Kahnawake Gaming Commission puts the welfare of bettors as its top priority. That being said, it grants licenses only to the best betting sites. The Commission also has its standards before approving a certain betting site. First off, the casino itself, along with its staff, is of good character and offers honest services. Next, the software and systems, including RNGs that are being used by a betting site should be carefully tested.
To these end, the Commission has been working with trusted testing bodies. As such, every system and game of a betting site is under thorough auditing on a yearly basis. Some of the Commission’s approved agents are eCOGRA, Technical Systems Testing, iTech Labs, and Gaming Associates.
Being one of the frontrunners in the gaming scene, a lot of betting sites still trust Kahnawake. With its wide range of services and security measures, you will have little to worry about and have more time to enjoy a safe and reliable casino.