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Study indicates global online gambling to reach USD 1TN by 2021

Study indicates global online gambling to reach USD 1TN by 2021
The value of online gambling wagers will soar from just over USD 550B this year to nearly USD 950B by 2021, according to a report by researcher Juniper that was released this week.
United Kingdom | 09/15/2016

The value of online gambling wagers will soar from just over USD 550B this year to nearly USD 950B by 2021, according to a report by researcher Juniper that was released this week.

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ager levels will thus approach total spend on all digital goods and services by that time, forecast to exceed $1 trillion for the first time in 2021, the report said. 

Juniper’s latest research, Mobile & Online Gambling: Casinos, Lotteries, Betting & VR 2016-2021, found that gambling activities were increasingly migrating to the online environment, with the majority of net growth attributable to users of mobile channels. It also argued that new technologies such as VR would provide a further stimulus to the online casino sector, which is expected to account for just under half of wagers by value in 2021.

The research argued that within an increasingly consolidated and maturing sector, providers had intensified their focus on securing customer loyalty

It observed that leading players were exploring a range of options to achieve this, with Ladbrokes offering a rewards scheme and the Rank Group’s Grosvenor business providing cross-channel memberships.

“User engagement goes a long way towards drawing in return business. Providing features such as news and media on favourite teams, as well as personaliZed offerings based on past betting activity, enables greater engagement and is likely to reduce churn,’ research author Lauren Foye highlighted.  

The report included other key findings. Among them were the following conclusions:

  • Despite a general trend towards regulation, a number of countries (such as the Philippines) have hardened their stance in recent months and have moved towards outright prohibition.
  • Whilst a number of leading sportsbook providers, including William Hill and 888 now offer Bitcoin, Juniper believes that the cryptocurrency is unlikely to see mass-adoption, even in the gambling space.
  • The new format of VR will attract a niche clientele initially, though these participants will wager significant amounts on real world ‘casino-style’ VR gambling products.

 

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