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New Figures Show How Online Gambling Continues to Grow in Portugal

Zoltan Tundik

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Whether they’re playing casino games on their mobile during the morning commute, having a flutter while watching the big match or even taking their first steps into betting on the ever-growing world of eSports, it seems a huge number of people across the world are embracing online gambling as a pastime at the moment.

The activity appears to be in such rude health at present and the development of online services in recent decades has undoubtedly boosted its availability. This has taken it from an offline pastime enjoyed by those prepared to venture to “land-based” outlets to a whole new level, where anyone can access it at any time and from anywhere. However, if there is one continent where it appears to be thriving more than ever, it is probably in Europe.

A major impact

Research released by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) at the end of last year undoubtedly put a spotlight on this issue, with the organisation revealing that its members had more than 12 million active customers in 2017. It also found that while online gambling had a 20.7 per cent share of total EU gambling activity, this figure is expected to grow to almost 25 per cent by 2020.

In terms of the most popular forms of the pastime, sports betting led the way with casino games following just behind. Other notable activities included lottery, poker and bingo, while overall the economic size of the online sector in the EU is expected to reach €24.7 billion by 2020. These numbers are somewhat staggering.

The EGBA study is undoubtedly eye-opening and highlights the huge impact that the gambling industry has had in Europe in recent years, but more recent figures have brought the spotlight onto the state of play in one country in particular – Portugal.

Growing in popularity

Online gambling has only been available in the country for a few years, but it has quickly grown to become very popular. A site like casino.pt is a good example of this, as it shows the sheer range of online casino sites operating in Portugal and provides information and reviews on the services that they provide. The spread of such sites perhaps contributes to the popularity increase, offering bettors a fast way of finding reliable platforms.

Now, if new figures are to be believed, it looks like these sites are all doing pretty well at the moment. The statistics from the Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (at srij.turismodeportugal.pt) have revealed that the country’s online gambling market enjoyed its best-ever quarterly performance at the start of this year, generating revenues of more than €47 million in the three-month period which ended on March 31st.

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More than half of the revenue was specifically generated by betting, with football accounting for almost 75 per cent of online wagering. This put the sport well ahead of its nearest rivals including basketball and tennis. In terms of gaming, revenues were up to €22.6 million with gaming machines – or slots – accounting for more than 63 per cent of that. Trailing behind were other games such as online roulette and blackjack.

An intriguing time

The online gambling market appears to be thriving in Europe at the moment and these new figures concerning Portugal only seem to reinforce that fact. Revenues in the country have seen a significant jump in the past 12 months and all eyes will be on whether it can ultimately keep up this pace in the months and years ahead. It is undoubtedly an intriguing time for the industry and it will be interesting to see just what comes next.

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Synot Games Partners with Online Casino Wunderino

Niji Narayan

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Synot Games has entered into an igaming distribution deal with online casino operator Wunderino.

“Adding our games to the Wunderino online casino is a true privilege and a great omen of exciting things to come before the end of the year. Both teams have worked on this with full dedication and a common goal in mind: Providing the best to the players,” Martina Hrabinska, CCO at SYNOT Games, said.

Wunderino was launched in the spring of 2016 by i-gaming veterans to offer more than just the “regular” casino experience by focusing on innovative user experience and entertaining gamification elements in addition to a large selection of games.

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Merkur Gaming to Give Live Stream Presentation of New Product Developments

Niji Narayan

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Merkur Gaming is going to implement new initiatives and strategies to recover from the Impact of COVID-19.

Merkur Gaming’s chief executive, International, Athanasios ‘Sakis’ Isaakidis, is at the forefront of supporting the Merkur Board and bringing to fruition new initiatives for the short term and also the strategies that will be necessary as more familiar business levels resume. “We are not on holiday and we are not sleeping” he said “we are working very hard to support our customers, in whatever they need, during these difficult times.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to explain a brand new initiative that is just one example of the efforts being made to support Merkur Gaming’s customers.

He said: “What we will be bringing to our customers, starting in early November, will be a live stream presentation from our showroom in Luebbeke. This is not a ‘virtual’ event. Our invited customers will each be hosted by their own, familiar, company representative, and in real time. They will be able to see our new products, our new cabinets and our new games, discuss them one-to-one, ask any questions they have and so get a very valuable first insight into what will be available from Merkur Gaming. I promise you, it will intensive and it will be exciting. Exciting for us to be able to see our customers’ reactions and exciting for them to be up to speed with what we are very confident will be major hit products on gaming floors soon.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to talk about where gaming is taking place successfully at present. “We are, of course, encouraging the industry to ‘Restart with Merkur’ and, in quite a few locations, that is already happening. Our business in Eastern Europe, in the Balkans particularly, is as healthy as it can be in the current situation. In Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia gaming entertainment is doing well. The recent announcement of the new gaming law in the Ukraine is truly exciting and we want all our customers and business partners to know that Merkur is coming, and we expect to be a major supplier there. Early 2021 will see the first installations in the Ukraine and there will be some exciting new developments in Bulgaria also.

In our home market, Germany, casino operations are doing well and the Gauselmann Group’s mainstay, the many gaming arcades that we operate, are active and providing players with the high class gaming entertainment that they have come to expect. In this the existing regulations that gaming arcades must comply with have helped meet the primary need of keeping both players and our staff safe and well. It is mandatory to provide ample space between each gaming machine and that, combined with the highest levels of social distancing, sanitation and protective shielding from machine to machine, has given our loyal players the confidence to return, and in ever increasing numbers.

Despite all of the difficulties of the past months the entire Merkur Gaming team is looking forward to the challenges, and the opportunities, that lie ahead. We have always been passionate about our place in the national and international gaming industry and, right now and into the future we are focusing on keeping that passion and looking forward to what will certainly be a bright future.”

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Spain’s Online Gambling Market Grows 17.7% Year-on-year in Q2 2020

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The online gambling market in Spain has grown 17.7% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020.

Total gross revenue of €208.9m (£189.2m/$245.2m) for the three months to June 30 represents a 4.2% decline compared to Q1 2020, however, while advertising spend by licensees dipped significantly during the period.

Sports betting revenue was €68.1m, which represented a 20.8% year-on-year decline, and a 38.4% drop from Q1. Pre-match, fixed-odds staking fell 49.0% to €288.9m, with in-play wagers down 39.6% to €698.6m, as total stakes across all products and bet types declined 40.4% to €1.05bn.

Strong performance from online casino offset the betting vertical’s declines, and suggested players had shifted from one vertical to the other. Revenue grew to €93.5m, a 36.5% improvement on the prior year, with customer stakes up 25.3% to €2.86bn.

This was largely down to slot play, with the product accounting for €51.9m of casino GGR, up 30.4% year-on-year, and more than 19.9% quarter-on-quarter. Live roulette continued to grow strongly, contributing revenue of €27.0m, a 75.7% jump from Q2 2019.

Poker saw revenue almost double, rising 97.4% to €38.2m, while bingo also enjoyed a strong quarter, with its contribution climbing 66.9% to €5.0m.

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