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ANJ: Summary of the Online gambling market in 2020: historic performance despite the health crisis

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The ANJ publishes its 2024/2026 strategic plan aimed at drastically reducing the proportion of excessive gamblers
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Ten years after the market was opened in 2010, the year 2020 is a turning point for online gambling, which is becoming a permanent fixture in French people’s lives. Because of the acceleration of the digitisation of gambling practices favoured by the health crisis and the arrival of new players, online sports betting, horse racing and poker have recorded historic performances. The sector’s turnover rose by 22% in 2020 to reach €1.7 billion, its highest level since the opening to competition. This performance contrasts sharply with those of casinos and gambling or betting points of sale, which have been hit hard by the health crisis.

 

Online sports betting: increased recruitment of new players and rising average spend

With an increase in turnover of “only” 7%, the online sports betting market remains by far the dominant activity in the online gambling sector. In 2020, stakes on sports competitions reached €5.3 billion, the highest amount of stakes generated in a year since the opening up to competition in 2010. At the same time, the population of sports bettors continues to grow, with more than one million additional players over the year compared to 2019, representing 4.4 million sports betting players.

After a second quarter in which activity was down (-56% of turnover), the situation of the sports betting market was reversed in the second half of the year with the resumption of sports competitions.

On the other hand, the sports betting segment recorded a pronounced drop in activity at points of sale. The FDJ reports a 10% drop in sports betting stakes across all channels (online and in points of sale).

Bettors’ enthusiasm was focused on major sporting events such as the Champions League in football, which recorded a 65% increase in stakes compared to 2019, or the French Open, which generated €107 million in stakes, the highest amount ever for a Grand Slam tournament.

 

Online horse racing betting: continued growth and record of stakes levels

Online horse racing betting grew strongly, recording a 33% increase over 2019, and totalizing €1.5 billion in stakes, which corresponds to the largest volume of bets placed online over a year. The associated gross gambling revenue grew at a rate close to the stakes (+31%) and set a new historical benchmark (€354m).

This growth is being driven by the recruitment of new players (+5% of players in 2020), which undoubtedly reflects the transfer of a certain number of players who used to bet at points of sale to online horse racing betting.

PMU, whose point-of-sale games generally account for almost 90% of its domestic results, has reported a 15% loss of turnover in this channel.

 

Online poker: a windfall effect of lockdowns that seems to last

Online poker turnover for this year leapt by to €446 million (+64% on 2019), which is a new record-breaking activity erasing the previous benchmark of 2011, the first full year of the market opening.

The lockdowns measures (and more particularly those relating to the first lockdown) have indeed led to a renewed interest in poker. Online poker benefits from the significant recruitment of new players in 2020, which it intends to capitalise on, through loyalty actions, in order to maintain a high level of activity for the coming year. However, this attractiveness does not seem to have been accompanied by an uncontrolled increase in excessive gambling insofar as the average expenditure per player increased by “only” 7% in 2020.

Synthesis of 2020 activity data

 
Q4 2019
Q4 2020
Variation
2019
2020
Variation
Sports betting
Actives player accounts
1 917 000
2 402 000
+ 25%
3 443 000
4 478 000
+ 30%
Bets
1 500 m€
2 004 m€
+ 34%
5 056 m€
5 352 m€
+ 6%
Gross Gambling Revenue
230 m€
356 m€
+ 55%
880 m€
940 m€
+ 7%
Horse racing betting
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actives player accounts
333 000
388 000
+ 16%
599 000
628 000
+ 5%
Bets 
294 m€
448 m€
+ 53%
1 106 m€
1 473 m€
+ 33%
Gross Gambling Revenue
72 m€
105 m€
+ 47%
271 m€
354 m€
+ 31%
Poker
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actives player accounts
709 000
991 000
+ 40%
1 199 000
1 840 000
+ 53%
Gross Gambling Revenue
76 m€
117 m€
+ 54%
272 m€
446 m€
+ 64%
TOTAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actives player accounts
2 436 000
3 037 000
+ 25%
4 174 000
4 891 000
+ 17%
Gross Gambling Revenue
377 m€
578 m€
+ 53%
1 423 m€
1 740 m€
+ 22%

 

10 years after the opening up to competition, what has been achieved?

Ten years after the opening up of the online gambling market to competition, the sector of activity, driven by a dynamic and continuous growth, now represents around 17% of the total market turnover, compared to 7% in 2011. In total, the number of players has more than doubled between 2011 and 2020 while the Gross Gambling Revenue has almost tripled over the period, propelled by sports betting (+717%), the growth of poker (+42%) and horse betting (+46%).

The year 2020 seems to represent a turning point for the online gambling sector, which is no longer marginal and is driven by a rapid dynamic.

For Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Chairwoman of the ANJ: “The good health of the online gambling sector, due in particular to the massive arrival of new players in sports betting and poker, means that operators must step up their initiatives to prevent problem gambling and protect minors. In line with the new obligations that came into force in 2020, they must better identify and assist at-risk players, provide tools for moderating play time or betting and ensure responsible promotional strategies. More than ever, and with major sporting events approaching before the summer, promoting recreational gambling must be a priority shared by all. “

 

Methodological reminder

This quarterly report was compiled on the basis of data transmitted by licensed online gambling and betting operators on a weekly or quarterly basis. The ANJ’s communications take into account statistical confidentiality. It may not publish information relating to the activity of the monopoly markets (FDJ and PMU) other than that already disclosed by the operators under exclusive rights.

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Team ATK Oshun excels at 2024 Online Championships held on 13 April 2024

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Mind Sports South Africa’s (MSSA) 2024 Online Championships held on 13 April 2024 showed sterling results.
The championship was yet another chance for many esports athletes to qualify for MSSA’s National Team Trials to be held on 25 May 2024 at which the team will be selected to officially represent South Africa at the African Qualifiers which lead up to IESF’s 16th World Esports Championships to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in October and November 2024..

All Registered Players who have finished in the top three places, or the top 20% – whichever is greater, are entitled to enter trials.

However, it must be remembered that all players must have a valid passport to participate in the National Team Trials.

It was indeed exciting to watch just how much all the female teams have improved.

Team ATK Oshun (ATK Club Sport) being a female team astounded all with their skill and sportsmanship. The team demolished all ATK Club Sport opposition to ultimately won the premier event overall and qualify for the National Team trials to be held on 25 May 2025.

IESF’s 15th World Championships will be played to the following titles:

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • Counter-Strike 2 – Female division
  • DotA 2
  • eFootball
  • Mobile Legends, Bang Bang
  • Mobile Legends, Bang Bang – Female division
  • PUBGM

The high standard of play saw 37 Registered Players from six provinces being awarded Provincial Colours. Only Limpopo, Free State, and Northern Cape did not have Registered Players who did not earn provincial colours.

Title Name of player/team Club Provincial Colours awarded
Clash Royale – Premier Johan Coetzee Middies Mpumalanga
Clash Royale – High School Aryan Maharaj PR0NHS
Counter Strike: 2 ATK Oshun
Kaylee Ludick ATK Club Sport Gauteng
Jessica Eleez Greeff ATK Club Sport Gauteng
Christin Brazier ATK Club Sport Gauteng
Megan van der Westhuizen ATK Club Sport Gauteng
Kayhla Rose Calder ATK Club Sport Gauteng
DotA – Premier ZAG DOTA 1
Suhail Khan ZAG Academy Gauteng
Travis John Waters ZAG Academy Western Cape
Mark Kilian Lehle ZAG Academy Gauteng
Mohammad Dhooma ZAG Academy Eastern Cape
Nicholas Dammert ZAG Academy Gauteng
eFootball – Premier Aslam Parker PES Society Gauteng
FIFA 24 – High School Daiyaan Hendricks PES Society Western Cape
Mobile Legends – Premier
Mavericks
Matthew Tatalias Mavericks Gauteng
Damian Bransby Mavericks Western Cape
Preshan Pillay Mavericks Gauteng
Mohammad Azhar Ansari Mavericks KwaZulu Natal
Taygan Gabriel Mavericks KwaZulu Natal
Luke Green Mavericks Western Cape
Mobile Legends – Premier – Female
AHG
Je’nielle Cavanagh PES Society Western Cape
Inez Pringle PES Society Western Cape
Salma Parker PES Society Western Cape
Ra’isha Prout PES Society Western Cape
Fatimah Prout PES Society Western Cape
Mia Anthony PES Society Western Cape
PUBGM
Team uEnvy
Richard Henry ZAG Academy Eastern Cape
La-eeq Arendse ZAG Academy Western Cape
Kyle Dudley ZAG Academy Western Cape
Clayton Leak ZAG Academy Western Cape
Rocket League – Premier – 1 v 1 – Premier Nathan Strange Hoërskool Klerksdorp
Rocket League – Premier – 1 v 1 – High School Luther Peens Hoërskool Klerksdorp
Street Fightter V – Premier Marnus van der Merwe Hoërskool Klerksdorp North West
Tekken 8 Stasch Cloeta Team PlayBell Western Cape
Valorant – Premier
TuksValorant
Tapiwanashe Keith Matema TuksEsports Gauteng
Kyle Halvorsen TuksEsports Gauteng
Jaden Connor Swarts TuksEsports Gauteng
Ronald James Tyler Wheeldon TuksEsports Gauteng
Alejandro Luca Sartini-Kruger TuksEsports Gauteng
Armand Pierre van der Colf TuksEsports Gauteng
Sportsmanship Award Je’nielle Cavanagh PES Society
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Strategic Deal: Expanse Studios Seals Media Partnership with Geek Spins

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Strategic Deal: Expanse Studios Seals Media Partnership with Geek Spins
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Expanse Studios is proud to announce its strategic partnership with Geek Spins, a leading platform dedicated to providing comprehensive and reliable information about online gambling. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in Expanse Studios’ commitment to enhancing the gaming experience for players worldwide. By joining forces with this renowned media platform, Expanse Studios aims to revolutionize the way players engage with online casinos and slot machines, offering unparalleled access to the latest and most reliable gaming content.

 

About Geek Spins

Geek Spins was founded in 2018 by a passionate group of enthusiasts with a singular goal: to provide players with accurate and up-to-date information about online gambling. Since its inception, Geek Spins has expanded its team significantly and has become a trusted source for players seeking the best gaming experiences. With over 500 reviews of top online casinos, 1500 slot machines, 2000 bonuses, and content from over 100 providers and payment systems, Geek Spins continues to set the standard for excellence in the online gambling industry.

 

Expanse Studios’ Vision

At Expanse Studios, we believe in pushing the boundaries of innovation to deliver exceptional gaming experiences to players worldwide. Our collaboration with Geek Spins aligns with our vision of providing players with access to the latest and most reliable gaming content. By leveraging their extensive database and expertise, we aim to empower players to make informed decisions about their online gambling activities and elevate the overall gaming experience.

 

Synergy and Added Value

The partnership between Expanse Studios and Geek Spins brings together two industry leaders with a shared commitment to excellence. By combining Expanse Studios’ cutting-edge technology and game development expertise with Geek Spins’ comprehensive database and industry knowledge, we are able to deliver unparalleled value to players. Together, we will work tirelessly to enhance the online gambling experience, providing players with access to the latest games, reviews, and bonuses.

 

Why It Matters

This collaboration is significant for both Expanse Studios and Geek Spins, as it represents a shared commitment to innovation and excellence in the online gambling industry. By joining forces, we have the opportunity to reach a wider audience of players and provide them with the best possible gaming experiences. This partnership also underscores our dedication to transparency, reliability, and player satisfaction, ensuring that players have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about their online gambling activities.

Damjan Stamenkovic, CEO of Expanse Studios, commented on the collaboration, saying, “We are thrilled to partner with Geek Spins to enhance the online gambling experience for players worldwide. This collaboration represents a significant step forward for both companies and underscores our commitment to delivering exceptional gaming content to our players.”

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GoldenRace is now certified in the Netherlands

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GoldenRace is now certified in the Netherlands
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GoldenRace, global provider of award-winning Virtual Sports and betting solutions, has recently obtained a certification for its highly acclaimed Virtual Sports and Games in the Dutch market.

GoldenRace successfully navigated the stringent regulatory landscape of the Netherlands, and now will be providing its impressive betting products into the Online Dutch market, which will be an important advancement in our operational expansion.

The Netherlands betting scene is on the cusp of a substantial growth phase and with GoldenRace’s latest certification, we introduce to the Dutch market a range of highly popular games tailored to desktop and mobile, in both scheduled and on-demand modes.

Among the offer, players will enjoy our most-played Virtual Football line-up – including Football Single, Leagues, World Cup and Euro Champions-, adrenaline-pumping 3×3 Basketball and MMA and top-notch races as Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing and Grand Prix Indianapolis 60. Last but not least, our Number Games, such as Spin2Win. All ready to captivate Dutch players.

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