What actions will the Ksa be able to take to combat unlicensed (illegal) online operators?

The Ksa already has a number of administrative instruments at its disposal under the current statutory regime. These include the imposition of fines. The expansion of the Betting and Gaming Act will convey additional powers.

In future, the Ksa will be able to issue binding instructions compelling payment service providers, marketing companies and other facility services to cease offering services to unlicensed betting and gaming operators.

It will also be possible to compel app stores to prohibit apps that can be used for betting and gaming. As things stand, payment service providers and app stores occasionally offer cooperation to this end already, albeit on a voluntary basis.