Spain’s Gambling Sector Grows to $8.48bn in 2018

Spain’sonline gambling industry has grown at a significant pace, marking around 270%growth in the five years since 2014, the country’s gaming regulator confirmed.

Spain’s Online Gambling Sector Expands Rapidly

Spain’s gambling sector continues to grow with the total hitting estimated $8.48 billion in 2018 in terms of gross gaming revenue (GGR), new ps by the country’s regulator revealed. The Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has been posting positive results in Spain for the past nine years, with the sector undergoing record expansion.

Estimated $894.67 million of this amount was contributed by online gambling operations, the regulator specified. Lotteries again topped the charts, generating $4.64 billion of the total revenue, and marking a close to 1% increase year-over-year.

The results were driven by the two lottery operators in the country, and specifically the Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) and Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) a 7BALL ccounting for $3.46 billion and $1.13 billion of the total revenue.

Meanwhile, physical venues including casinos drove decent results, generating close to $2.28 billion, although this p didn’t include gaming machines. Some $1.13 billion were accumulated through traditional gaming products.

Bingo came second with $654.37 million and third was betting with $502.21 million. Even more impressive, online gambling amassed some 894.67 million, as reported by DGOJ. This amount was a 22.5% increase year-over-year and amounted to $19.63 billion. Meanwhile, gaming machines accounted for some $78.12 million.

All of this comes in the midst of plannedchanges to online gambling advertisement which will come into effect onJanuary 15, 2020.

The Quick Growth of Casino Gambling in Spain

In the period of just five years, the average online gambling market in Spain has increased by 270%. While the total online casino gambling was merely $483.67 million in 2014 it hit $894.67 million in 2018, an impressive feat in the space of five years, especially given the regulatory climate, which is toughening.

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Spain may attempt to controlGibraltar and all gambling companies located in the now British territory.However, a hard Brexit may lead to much tougher regime on the territory, andSpain has already shown interest in legally binding companies to bring theirservers into the country.

A hard Brexit could also disrupt border movement, with some 60% of all gambling workers in Gibraltar residing in Spain instead. Meanwhile, Spain is also addressing other issues, such as the incidence of problem gambling among kids.

According to a study conducted bythe Federation of Rehabilitated Gamblers and Madrid’s Association ofPsychologists, one in five kids aged 14 – 21 gambled, quickly making Spain inthe headline.

However, this number may be asworrying. The United Kingdom is currently trying to address multiple issuesrelated to problem gambling among youngsters.

Loot boxes have been seen as one of the main culprits for underage gambling, even though the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has not classified these in-game mechanics as gambling.