According to the new research conducted by the Portuguese Association of Online Betting and Games, 2020 is marked by slight changes in players’ behavior.
The casino news in the country shows that its citizens aren’t so involved in digital gambling as during the previous year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. However, some of them started to prefer local operators to foreign gambling websites.
What did the survey reveal?
The survey data have confirmed the decline in online casino gambling. In 2019, the percentage of people who played at virtual casinos was 93.6%. The 2020 percentage is 82.9, which means a small decrease. At the same time, gamblers from Portugal started to spend more time on local websites instead of foreign operators’ platforms. The statistics showed that the number of such players had increased by more than 1%. This tendency is also supported by the fact that the number of customers who prefer international casinos has dropped by 0.4%.
What is more interesting, 92.8% of the survey participants have said that they can differentiate between local gambling platforms and those, which don’t have a Portuguese license. The majority of users have admitted that they gamble at casinos with the license issued in Portugal because they seem more reliable and safe to them. As for the pandemic’s effects, some respondents (10.6%) confirmed that they had begun to play more, while 3.6%, vice versa, had cut the time spent on this type of digital entertainment.
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