In the UK, the Gambling Commission regulator has reportedly published the results of a new survey showing year-over-year declines in recent gambling participation and problem gambling rates.
According to a report by iGamingBusiness.com, the survey detailed that only 41.6% of the UK population had enjoyed some form of gaming entertainment in the first five months of 2021, which was a decrease of 3 , 5% year on year. . The source explained that the survey also found that June’s rate fell from 2.2% each year to just 28.3% when national lottery games were excluded.
Examination of the Gambling Commission, which was conducted by telephone, would have discerned that gambling rates have fallen across all gender and age categories although some of these decreases were statistically insignificant. The watchdog further allegedly claimed that June of last year saw the widespread closure of retail casinos and sports betting sites due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, with the most recent figures having been almost on par with its previous assessment in December.
Slump in sports betting:
The Gambling Commission reportedly said that the retail sports betting industry saw the biggest year-over-year decline at 7.7% to bring its five-month count to 24.1%. This vertical would have reached an all-time high of 34.9% in 2019, but was recently hit by the proportion of those who gamble online has increased from 16.8% to 17.6%.
iGamingBusiness.com reported that the regulator’s investigation further revealed that the National Lottery was the only sector to have recently experienced statistically significant growth in online gambling to 2.4% to bring its new rate to 13.8%. However, he reportedly explained that this success was tempered by a 5.3% drop in retail ticket purchases to 14.7% while coronavirus pandemic fears have kept punters at home and away from stores.
As for the games that gaming enthusiasts enjoyed and the Gambling Commission study reportedly found that the National lottery had maintained its position of the most popular form of gaming entertainment at 26.3%, which was nonetheless lower than the 2019 and 2020 rates but slightly up from the 2018 tally. This review also reportedly revealed an associated decline in instant scratch card purchase to 7.4% although those charity lotteries had remained roughly stable at 12.1%.
For other forms of participation in the game and The Gambling Commission investigation reportedly showed sports betting at 5.5%, horse racing betting at 3.2% and online slots at 3.7% while iGaming titles posted a disappointing 1.1% with a slight drop for bingo. The situation of the former activity would even have deteriorated when only in-person bets were counted as the rate fell from 2.5% in 2019 to just 0.8% this time.
Number of collapses:
On the bright side, the Gambling Commission survey reportedly found that the proportion of people with gambling problems in the first five months of the year had fallen from 1.1% year on year to 3.1%, which was relatively static compared to December. The watchdog accordingly claimed that the percentage of the UK population assessed as being at medium risk would have decreased from 1.4% to 0.7% with the largest decrease observed among young people.