Online total Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) in Q2 was £1.2bn ($1.44bn), a 4% decline from Q1, with the overall number of total bets and/or spins decreasing by 1% from Q1 to Q2. The average monthly active accounts declined by 9%.
Slots GGY declined by 3% from Q1 to Q2 to £548m, with the number of spins decreasing by 2% to 18.5 billion. The average monthly active accounts declined by 4% to 3.4 million per month.
The number of online slots sessions lasting longer than one hour remained stable at 8.4 million. The average session length was 17 minutes, with approximately 7% of all sessions lasting longer than one hour.
And Licensed Betting Operator (LBO) GGY declined by 8% to £540m between Q1 and Q2, with the number of total bets and spins declining by 5% to 3.2 billion.
“We continue to expect extra vigilance from operators as consumers are impacted in different ways by the current economic environment,” a statement from the Gambling Commission read. “Many people will feel vulnerable as they face further uncertainty about their personal or financial circumstances.”
The body added that it expects operators to continue to follow the strengthened guidance from 2020, interact directly where triggers are reached, and avoid any temptation to exploit the current situation for marketing purposes.
The Commission also expects operators to take particular care when on-boarding new customers and making decisions over affordability checks which reflect the current environment.