According to The Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling’s (DGOJ) latest report on the development of the gambling market, in the second quarter of the current year GGR for online gaming stood at €178.35m a decrease of 7.85 per cent compared to the previous quarter but an increase over the same quarter of 2018 of 6.69 per cent.
Of the GGR for the quarter betting accounted for the lion’s share standing at €86.45m (48.47 per cent). Online casino came in second €69.04m (38.71 per cent). This was followed by poker € 19.36m (10.86 per cent) while €3.03m was spent on bingo (1.70 per cent). In last place came in competitions with GGR standing at €0.47m (0.26 per cent).
The betting segment recorded a decrease compared to the previous quarter of 15.08 per cent and 1.32 per cent compared to the same quarter of 2018. Meanwhile the bingo sector recorded a 5.88 per cent decrease compared to the previous quarter and 7.74 per cent compared to the same quarter of 2018.
The online casino segment continued to grow however recording a growth of 3.97 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2019 and an annual variation rate of as much as 22.24 per cent. However poker recorded a decrease of 8.55 per cent in the second quarter compared to the previous quarter and a decrease of 0.45 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. The decrease is mainly due to tournament poker which recorded a negative quarterly variation rate of 12.34 per cent.
Marketing spend for the quarter stood at €82.5m, reflecting an annual growth of 1.18 per cent. Broken down into segments affiliation expenses stood at €8.69m; sponsorship stood at €3.75m; promotions €29.22 while advertising spend amounted to €40.84m.
The monthly average number active users stood at 861,237 a growth of 13.11 per cent with respect to the same quarter last year. The monthly average of new accounts stood at 235,920 users – an annual decrease of 12 per cent.