The UK Gambling Commission has released its latest data report revealing that online gambling operators generated a gross gambling yield (GGY) of £560.2M for the month of April. This marks a 2.6% rise on the previous month.
The Commission has now compiled more than a year’s worth of data on the industry since the first UK lockdown but noted that year-on-year comparisons held little value saying:
Year-on-year comparisons are not advised due to the differing circumstances affecting both years. For example, retail was in operation until 20th March in 2020, but fully closed in March 2021.
This is the second-highest monthly revenue figure since the UK regulator first began publishing monthly operator data — the highest month was December 2020.
The regulator also reported that online real event betting GGY increased by 7% to over £267M. This was no doubt related to public interest in the 2021 English Grand National as active players increased by 12% month-to-month to 6.7M players. However, despite the higher number of active players, bets made dropped to 344.3M.
Esports betting increased by 2.7% to £1.9M while online slots GGY came in at £202.0M. Other casinos games generated revenue o £71M for the same period.
Slots spins dropped 1% to 6.1B for the period while bets on other casino games dropped by 3.3% to 265M while virtual bets dropped by 7.2% to 17.1M.
There was a drop in the number of active players for slots and other casino games as operators reported figures of 3.2M and 2.2M players for each vertical. The number of active online poker players dropped 11% to 300,520.
Last week, the Gambling Commission released full revenue data for UK gambling licensees for the six months from April to September 2020. The figures revealed an overall decline in gambling revenue due to the pandemic. GGY for the reported period was £5.89B with online gaming accounting for £3.08B, an increase of 9.6% year-on-year.