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Online Gambling Market Size & Share | North America, Europe, & APAC Industry Forecasts 2026: Graphical Research

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The global online gambling market size is poised to rise substantially during the forecast timeframe owing to the potential for financial rewards, along with the penetration of the internet. With growing betting opportunities, industry players have also prioritized the advertisement of promotion of codes. Cloud providers are seeking solutions in unlimited computing and storage capabilities to help online gambling companies expand their penetration. Trends that are expected to influence online betting business are elucidated below:

  1. Expansion of casinos in the U.S. bodes well

Casinos are cashing in on the prospect of online gambling through the integration of AI to assess customer behavior and boost personalization. The technology has become trendier to analyze and bolster customer experience. Online casinos will further gain impetus with technological advancements, ease of playing for newbies, promotions and bonuses. With the future of casinos slated to be virtual, major casino platforms are likely to invest in online channels. North America online gambling market size is likely to surpass USD 20 billion by 2026.

  1. Online betting to gain ground across North America

Expanding prominence of e-sports, football, horse racing and tennis has fared well for the prominence of online betting. The growth of sports leagues, coupled with the integration of local sportsbooks, has fueled the penetration in the U.S. and Canada. Prominently, the rising presence of legal sports betting has helped governments explore opportunities in the form of tax revenue and job opportunities.

It is pertinent to mention that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018 that limited sports betting. Moreover, the expansion of leading sports leagues, such as NBL and NHL will also boost the business outlook.

  1. Europe poised to be the hub for eSports

At the time when Europe’s tech hubs are pushing eSports to the next level, businesses are flocking to the trend in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The exposure of esports could be pronounced in Italy, Spain, France, the U.K. and Germany. Millennials and the Gen Z population have shown traction for a host of offerings, including live streams, pay- and free- TV, and video-on-demand.

E-sports has become a force to reckon with as companies strive to leverage brand power across the region. Europe online gambling market size could surpass USD 70 billion by 2026. The robust outlook is attributed largely to the arrival of new game formats, the uptake of content rights sales and convergence among entertainment, telecom and sports companies.

  1. Exploring opportunities in mobile gambling in Europe

With online gambling entering a new phase towards becoming a lucrative market, the next few years will shape the global market on multiple revenue sources—mobile devices being one of them. Notably, the emergence of 5G networks played a monumental role to bolster the rise of mobile gambling. Smartphone technology has brought a paradigm shift and played a major role in resisting the challenges of 2020. The prevalence of a large number of people, proximity, cash changing hands in an enclosed environment became a major factor shifting attention from brick-and-mortar to mobile gambling.

  1. Poker thrives in Asia Pacific market

Several online gambling sites have shown an increased inclination for poker underpinned by the use of mobile wallets. Prominently, referral-based currency and free joining bonuses have become the go-to business model. The trend for online poker is mainly down to the fact that customers are not confined by geography, are spoilt for choices and can play 24/7 on any device. Besides, poker rooms in China, Japan and Australia have followed the suit of online bingo rooms and casino games, offering slots and more choices and opportunities to gamble. Asia Pacific online gambling market share is forecast to exceed USD 50 billion by 2026.

  1. Desktop gambling sought-after in China and India

Over the years, desktop gambling has thrived and is striving to withstand challenges emanating from the rise of smartphone technology. Given the significance of convenience, several players prefer gambling on a PC. Not to mention, gambling on a computer has seemingly outnumbered mobile gambling in emerging economies, including India and China. Desktop could contribute a notable share towards global online gambling market by 2026, partly due to the demand for improved picture quality and storage capacity.

The interest of leagues, sports personalities and clubs, and agencies will expedite the growth of global online betting. Agencies are expected to bring their experience in sports marketing, while the inclusion of sports teams will provide an impetus to the acceptance and awareness of esports, for instance.

Strategic partners are likely to add revenue, capital and know-how to the online betting ecosystem. In a bid to stay ahead of the trends and keep up with the demands of stakeholders, blockchain, VR and IoT are expected to be sought globally. While there’s no denying that the pandemic put the industry to the test, a high proportion of newbies and a surged consumption compared to the pre-COVID levels fared well for the global forecast.

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PayPal Introduces New Software to Help Block Gambling Transactions

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PayPal, one of the largest and most popular online payments services, has recently adopted new software to help give customers better control over their gambling habits. The software, developed by Gamban, allows users to set up a block to prevent their accounts from being used for gambling transactions. This move comes not long after the UK banned gambling sites from accepting credit card payments.

PayPal is widely used around the world, processing over 3 billion transactions a year, with a value of $311 billion US dollars. While the majority of these are for online shopping and other online purchases, the service is also used on gambling platforms. PayPal has become a popular way of making deposits and withdrawals at online gambling sites, as it’s fast, safe and easy to use. Users can create an account, add funds from their bank or card and then make simple online payments.

Because of how popular it is all over the world, most online gambling services accept payments made using PayPal. It’s used international, so a wide range of the best online casinos and sports betting sites offer support for PayPal payments. Most iGaming platforms advertise this fact to their users, letting them know they can sign up and easily make a deposit to start playing.

Why Does PayPal Allow Users to Block Gambling Transactions?

Although gambling is fun for most people, it can become a habit and even an addiction. There has been a strong push lately for iGaming sites to encourage responsible gaming, as well as offering support for those with a problem. Most iGaming licence providers will only offer licences to sites that protect players and encourage them to gamble responsibly.

One of the most effective ways of encouraging responsible gambling is giving users the ability to block transactions. Most sites will offer deposit limits that allow players to set how much they’re allowed to deposit each week or month. In addition, the UK recently banned all gambling sites from accepting payments from credit cards.

In 2019, PayPal reviewed its services and found that a significant percentage of transactions were used for online gambling. While this wouldn’t normally be an issue, the review also found that a lot of these transactions were linked to problem gambling. As such, it partnered with Gamban, a software provider, to introduce an automatic blocking system.

PayPal users can now go into their settings and set the service to automatically block all payments made to an iGaming site. This allows anyone with a gambling problem to easily refrain from adding funds to a gambling site if they’re trying to recover. In a statement, Gamban announced that the move was a welcome one that, along with self-exclusion and support, would give players a better chance of recovery.

What Does This Mean for the Future of iGaming Payments?

With gambling authorities such as the UK Gambling Commission now paying close attention to responsible gambling, iGaming sites need to be more mindful of what payments they offer and how they treat players. Additionally, payment services themselves need to consider the impact of allowing unrestricted gambling payments.

As software solutions improve, payment providers have more options that allow them to give players control over their spending habits. This software can automatically detect if a payment is made at any kind of gambling site, including those that are gambling-related. Users can set it to block transactions at gambling tip sites or other sites involved in iGaming.

Other payment services may also follow suit over the coming months and years, with most payment providers also wary about being associated with problem gambling. The more payment services that get on board, the better, as problem gamblers will be able to control their habits more easily and avoid falling into debt. 

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OKTO joins bacta

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OKTO, the award-winning fintech specialist, has strengthened further its relationship with the UK market by joining the domestic trade association bacta. The announcement follows the appointment of experienced gaming industry senior executive Rob Peché to the position of UK Country Manager.

Simon Dorsen, CCO of OKTO, believes joining bacta reflects OKTO’s commitment to the UK industry and is indicative of the brand’s strategy moving forward. He explained: “Rather than being an arms-length technology provider OKTO’s approach is to immerse itself in the markets where it is active. The UK is one of the most important jurisdictions internationally and one in which the brand has rapidly achieved considerable success partnering with leading brands.

“Being a member of bacta places OKTO where we want to be, which is at the centre of all of the key discussions and debates surrounding payments in the UK gaming industry, across AGC, Bingo, Casino, LBO, Pub and Bar sectors.”

Simon added: “This is another example of our company showcasing its ongoing commitment to work with the local industry in order to provide safe, secure, and responsible payment solutions in the gaming, leisure and entertainment sectors.”

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Bali Confirmed as Host of the 2022 World Esports Championships Finals

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Indonesia looks to set new standard of Esports competition at the 14th WE Championships

 The International Esports Federation (IESF) has confirmed that Bali, Indonesia will be the host of the 2022 World Esports Championships Finals. Bali was handed over the honors during a special ceremony following the conclusion of the 13th World Esports Championships in Eilat, Israel.

The 14th edition of the WE Championships Finals is slated for 27 November to 8 December 2022 and will feature the world’s best Esports athletes competing across multiple games on the beautiful island of Bali. Over 120 countries are expected to compete in the regional and national qualifiers for a coveted spot in the Finals. 

IESF President Vlad Marinescu congratulated host city Bali and said: “Big thank you to the President of the Indonesian Olympic Committee and to the entire Indonesian team here with us. We appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing the biggest and most inclusive World Esports Championships in history! We are bringing the largest and freshest sport to this beautiful tropical destination for the first time.”

IESF has staged the WE Championships every year since 2009, and it remains the sole international Esports event where athletes represent their countries. After a successful 2021 edition, the World Esports community looks to come back even stronger and generate more international opportunities and media exposure for the sport in the lead-up-to and during Bali 2022. 

Indonesian Olympic Committee Commission Chairman Desra Firza Ghazfan said during the press conference: “Bali is the island of GOD, it’s always been the melting pot of rich traditional and modern culture. Now with the 14th World Esports Championships happening in Bali, Bali is the melting pot of the past, the present and the future. I would like to welcome you all to Bali 2022 and to meet with our 45 million players in Indonesia. Be prepared and let the best win!”

 

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