Gambling Commission updates data on the impact of COVID-19 on gaming behavior: "There is no evidence of a significant or sustained increase in gaming activity from the beginning of the pandemic"

The Gambling Commission, the highest regulatory authority for gaming in the United Kingdom, has published new data showing how the tightening of restrictions to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus has affected the behavior of gaming in Great Britain.

According to the Gambling Commission, the results of the research carried out indicate that there is no evidence of a significant or sustained increase in gaming activity since the beginning of the pandemic. However, the research highlights the links between the impacts of the pandemic on people's financial and mental well-being and the rise of gaming.

The latest data for November reveals:

Activity in the online market grew, with a month-on-month increase of 3% in active accounts and 4% in bets, while gross gambling yield (GGY), decreased by 13% as a result of real event betting margins normalizing after their high levels during October.

Also, SSlots GGY increased by 3% to nearly £ 177m. The number of bets also increased (4% to over 5.2bn) along with the number of active accounts (up 1% to 2.8m), a figure which is the highest from within the Covid-19 pandemic period.

On the other hand, the number of online slots sessions lasting longer than an hour increased by 3% (to 2.2m) in October to November; 1% higher than the increase in overall sessions. The average session length increased by 1 minute to 22 minutes with around 8% of all sessions lasting in excess of 1 hour.

Considering the above, the Gambling Commission recommends additional surveillance of the operator during this new confinement for the following reasons:

Most people will be spending more time at home and many people are likely to be feeling more isolated and vulnerable as a result of the length of the pandemic period, the new restrictions and further uncertainty about their personal or financial circumstances.

Some consumers are likely to spend more time and money on gaming, and the fact that the sport continues during this lockdown will mean there are more opportunities for customers to bet.

Many users could play for the first time.

The Gambling Commission recalls that it has reiterated to operators the great responsibility they have in times as difficult as the current ones, as well as the application of the recommendations contained in the guide published in May.

It should be noted that the regulatory body announces that it will continue to study and publish studies related to the impact of Covid-19 in the sector and in case of identifying risks for users, they will take the measures that are necessary for protection.

Below, we share links to the results of the most recent studies carried out by the Gambling Commission
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