UK Gambling Commission Posts Latest iGaming Industry Statistics

The UK Gambling Commission today provided an up-to-date overview of the state of Great Britain’s online gambling industry based on figures from all licensed operators offering online gaming options to local players. The information posted is an update of the last such set of statistics released by the gambling regulator late in 2015.

According to the figures reported, the amount of £12.6 billion was generated in gross gambling yield for the country’s gaming industry in the period between October 2014 and September 2015. In comparison, a total of £11.2 billion was reported for the period between April 2014 and March 2015. Basically, gross gambling yield is the amount retained by gaming operators after winnings are paid but before operation costs are deducted.

The UK Gambling Commission also pointed out that remote gambling held a 29% share in Great Britain’s gambling market for the reviewed period between October 2014 and September 2015. The latest update provided shows that online gambling’s market share has remained steady during the period in review as compared to the figure posted for April 2014-March 2015.

During the months between October 2014-September 2015, the National Lottery contributed a total of £1.7 billion to good causes, up 2.1% as compared to the amount contributed during the previous period in review. Contributions from large society lottery organizations amounted to £195 million, up 3.9% from the previous period.

There were as many as 8,809 betting shops to be operating within Great Britain’s borders as of March 2016, down 1.9% as compared to the number of such facilities to have been operational as of March of the previous year.

According to the figures released by the UK Gambling Commission, there were a total of 1,721 arcades in the country as of March 2016. This showed an 11.1% decrease as compared to the 1,937 arcades that operated in Great Britain as of March 2015.

All betting shops across the country featured a total of 34,704 B2 machines, according to the latest statistics report. Their number decreased 0.5% as compared to the figures posted for the period between April 2014 and March 2015. Generally speaking, B2 machines are gaming devices with a maximum stake of £100 and a maximum prize of £500. Gross gambling yield from these amounted to £1.68 billion during the latest period to be reviewed, reflecting a 1.5% rise.

Last but not least, the UK Gambling Commission noted in its latest report that there were 599 bingo premises to be operating in Great Britain as of March 2016, up 10.1% as compared to the figure posted for March 2015.

Commenting on the latest online gambling statistics, UK Gambling Commission Programme Director James Green pointed out that the online sports betting, casino, and bingo market sector holds a 29% market share and that gambling officials are interested to see how this would change in time.

He also noted that researching market trends and consumer participation is instrumental to the Gambling Commission’s efforts to shape an effective regulatory policy and secure UK-based gambling customers with safe, fair, and crime-free industry.

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