Without a PKI certificate, it is not possible to check whether players are registered with the Central Register of Exclusion of Chances (Cruks), the regulator’s central exclusion register for problem gamblers.
The KSA created Cruks on 1 October 2021 – and required operators to consult the register before granting a player access.
A PKI certificate then compares the player’s data to Cruks every time a player would wish to gamble.
Due to limited validity, it is operators themselves who are responsible for the process of providing valid certificates.
Operators who ignore this information may find themselves subject to a fine.
The reminder comes out in the context of a major national conversation and ongoing reform regarding gambling in the country; most recently resulting in a national ban of role models in gambling-related advertising.