The data reflects the first full month of April’s lockdown and is collected from the largest online operator and tracker YouGov Covid-19. This is based on data published by the Commission on 12 May, after which the Commission issued its latest guidelines for operators covering the need for increased affordability checks, prevention of withdrawals and restrictions on bonus offers.
This latest dataset is consistent with the first dataset. Overall participation has decreased but some of the players involved are spending more time and money on certain products. This is why the Online Gambling Commission WADUKPKV strengthens the guidelines for operators to ensure people are better protected from harm.
Having assessed the implications, the Commission will now continue to track and assess risk by:
- Assess the impact of the strengthened guidelines issued to operators
- Collecting and publishing the collected data
- Support the industry when land-based land opens up
- Where the evidence identifies additional risks facing consumers, take further action to protect consumers
The data is drawn from YouGov’s Covid-19 tracker, which includes a representative sample of about 2,000 adults in the UK each week, and from the largest shipping carriers, which cover about 80% of the entire online gambling market.
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