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The General Directorate for Gaming Regulation (“DGOJ”) recently published a report analyzing how Spain’s online gaming market has evolved, providing the market’s data from the first quarter of 2018.

This report, which the DGOJ prepared based on data provided by licensed gaming operators in Spain, has a more dynamic format that allows readers to compare variables between selected periods.

The data in the report shows once again that Spain’s online gaming market is a consolidated market with stable growth. The data published in this report shows widespread growth in the primary metrics under analysis:

  • The GGR (i.e., the total amount of money spent on gaming minus the payouts and prizes operators pay to participants) in the first quarter of 2018 was €163 million: a 6% decrease from the previous quarter, but a 29% increase over the same quarter in 2017.
  • This figure were broken down into the following categories: bets (50%), bingo (2%), casino (35%), contests (0.12%), and poker (12%).
  • The total amount of deposits made in the quarter was €562 million, marking a 13% increase above the previous quarter and a year-on-year increase of nearly 59%.
  • The total amount of withdrawals by registered users was €396 million, which is a 20% increase over the previous quarter and a 75% increase over the same quarter in 2017.
  • The number of active users in the first quarter of 2018 (the average number of users active each month) was 796,331, which represents an 18% increase over the previous quarter and a 24% increase over the same quarter in 2017. The number of registered users in the first quarter of 2018 was 267,856, representing an increase of nearly 33% over the last quarter and a year-on-year increase of almost 28%.

In the field of marketing and promotion of these types of activities, we highlight that, during this period, the amount spent on advertising by operators licensed in Spain increased by 33% over the previous quarter and by 45% over the same quarter in 2017. The amount spent on promotions (coupons) was €25.38 million, which represents an 11% increase over the previous quarter and a 30% increase compared to the same quarter in 2017. Regarding the amount spent on sponsorship, the report indicated that it had increased by 0.39% over the previous quarter and by 24% over the same quarter in 2017.

These figures clearly show that the Spanish online gaming market is a consolidated market, with stable growth since 2012. When combined with the reopening of the online gaming market in Spain (which will remain open until December 18, 2018), all of these facts make the market all the more attractive, not just for new operators to enter the market, but also for operators already licensed in Spain to increase their offerings.

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