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Since June 2012, when the first online gaming licenses were granted for the Spanish market, the Directorate General of Gaming (“DGOJ”) has produced a quarterly report on the performance of the national online gaming market.

The DGOJ has just published its quarterly report for the third quarter of 2017. This report is of particular interest for two reasons. The first is that it is the first report published since the DGOJ’s announcement in September of the reopening of the Spanish online gaming market, which will take place in the coming months, foreseeably during 2018. Additionally, the figures published by the DGOJ once again highlight that the Spanish online gaming market is a consolidated market showing stable growth since 2012. The DGOJ report shows that the online gaming market in Spain has once again seen growth, which translates into the following variables:

  • GGR (gross gaming revenue, after deduction of prizes and bonuses paid by the operator to participants) during the first quarter of 2017 was €140.51 million. This is a 17% rise on the previous quarter and a 37% rise year-on-year.
  • The GGR highlights growth in all segments for the period: with respect to the previous quarter, the GGR has seen growth in betting of 28%, in poker of 2%, in casino of nearly 5%, in bingo of 0.66% and in competitions of up to 104%.
  • The total amount that players paid in to their gaming accounts during the period was €421.94 million, which is again a rise on the previous quarter of 15% and a rise of nearly 50% year-on-year.
  • In addition, the total amount of withdrawals by registered users was €282.46 million, which is a 10% rise on the previous quarter and a rise of 50.69% year-on-year.
  • The number of registered users in the third quarter of 2017 was 709,716, which is a rise on the previous quarter of nearly 18% and, once again, a rise of nearly 9% year-on-year. These figures show that the online gaming market in Spain is at the right point to reopen and, as we indicated in our previous blog post, this will happen in the coming months. The last call to grant new general licenses took place at the end of 2014, and this is the first opportunity since then to obtain those licenses.
  • The Spanish gaming market is, therefore, consolidating itself as an attractive market, not only for new operators, but for current operators who are already established to expand their gaming offer.
  • Of the variables analyzed by the DGOJ, advertising costs of gaming operators was the only variable seeing a drop. According to the most recent data published by the DGOJ, expenditure this quarter was €18.92 million, which is a 19% drop on the previous quarter, and a drop of just 3% year-on-year. This means that while advertising and sponsorship expenditure has dropped by nearly 20% and 5% respectively on the previous quarter, the expense incurred by operators on credits and membership rose by nearly 6% in both cases.

Of the variables analyzed by the DGOJ, advertising costs of gaming operators was the only variable seeing a drop. According to the most recent data published by the DGOJ, in this quarter expenditure was €18.92 million, which is a 19% drop on the previous quarter, and a drop of just 3% year-on-year. This means that while advertising and sponsorships expenditure has dropped by nearly 30% and 5% respectively on the previous quarter, the expense incurred by operators on credits and membership rose by nearly 6% in both cases.

These figures show that the online gaming market in Spain is at the right point to reopen and, as we indicated in our previous blog post, this will happen in the coming months. The last call to grant new general licenses took place at the end of 2014, and this is the first opportunity since then to obtain those licenses.

The Spanish gaming market is, therefore, consolidating itself as an attractive market, not only for new operators but for current operators who are already established to expand their gaming offer.

Author: Elisa Lorenzo

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