The news about the casino market highlights the spike in registration in the self-exclusion system in Spain.
Registro General de Interdicciones de Acceso al Juego (RGIAJ) has drawn much attention from the gambling industry representatives. The number of registered individuals in 2020 has added fuel to the flames as it is obvious that the problem of excessive gambling only exacerbates.
Is the spike in registered problem gamblers considerable?
According to the recent data, the rate has significantly increased in comparison to 2019. The number of gamblers who used the opportunity to protect themselves from excessive gaming grew by twelve percent – approximately 6000 new registrations. Currently, 56 329 players have excluded themselves from online casino entertainment in Spain. The system was created by the state’s regulator DGOJ in 2015. The increase in its usage stimulates the government to impose more restrictions on the industry and find new ways to fight against problem gambling.
The study includes figures by regions. For example, Andalusia, a highly populated region, has 24.5% of self-excluded gamblers, which is seven percent up. Madrid and nearby areas comprise seventeen percent (the increase by thirteen percent). However, none of them could have worse results than the Balearic Islands with their 56.9% increase.