According to the latest data from the Gambling Commission, active accounts and total gambling revenue (GGY) decreased from March 2020 to May 2021.
The former decreased by 14% and the latter by 5%. Meanwhile, total bets remained at a similar level.
Slots GGY increased to £211 million from April to May, with a 2% increase in spin count and a 5% decrease in active players. The number of online slot sessions lasting more than an hour decreased by 1% as the average session length increased to 20.7 minutes. Nearly 9% of all sessions lasted more than an hour.
The data aims to show how the evolving Covid-19 lockdown has impacted online gambling behavior in the UK.
However, the committee noted that “it is not advisable to compare the month of 2020 and the month of 2021 compared to the previous year because of the different operating conditions in 2020 and 2021”.
The agency also urged operators to tighten their vigilance going forward. We expect operators to remain vigilant as consumers are affected in different ways depending on the situation. Many will still feel vulnerable due to the pandemic period and additional uncertainty about their personal or financial situation.
“Many people will have acquired new gambling routines and habits during lockdown that would be difficult to change once things return to normal even if normal spending on other things resumes. This can be difficult for some and for operators it is important to identify through monitoring.”