In its bi-annual review, the leading online tool for self-exclusion from gambling, Gamstop reported a spike of 25% in new registrations in the first half of 2021.
The 25% increase registered in the first six months of the year translates to 40,000 new registrants, with most of them choosing the month of March to put a brake on their gambling activities, research agency Sonnet, which conducted the review, found.
In the first half of 2021, Gamstop recorded 40,000 new activations of its gambling self-exclusion tool, a 25% increase year-over-year.
“While it is encouraging to see that consumers are continuing to find Gamstop and use it as a crucial safety net in their recovery, this review reinforces the importance of continuing to raise awareness of practical tools that are available to those struggling with gambling-related harm,” said Gamstop CEO Fiona Palmer speaking about the latest findings.
By the end of June 2021, the total number of people who have activated the tool rose to over 218,000. The gender split came out at 70% male and 30% female players, while out of the total number, as many as 58% chose to exclude themselves for the maximum period of five years.
“Our evaluation results demonstrate that gambling-related harm is an issue that affects people from all walks of life, irrespective of income, location, or gender,” Palmer added.
Young People Dominate the Statistics
Younger folks are the most likely to sign up for exclusion, with 41% of all registrants belonging to the 25-34 demographic; when widened to include the 18-34 demographic, the bracket accounted for 59% of all registrants.
“It is imperative that we continue to reach people from across the UK, and to give them access to tools that can aid them in their recovery, or form an important preventative measure,” Palmer concluded.