Summary 1st quarter 2020

In order to provide the most completed view of the main figures of the Spanish gambling market, DGOJ publishes a quarterly activity report since June 2012. Data are obtained from operators on a quarterly basis.

As of first quarter of 2020, new features have been introduced in relation with GGR and promotions with the purpose of providing more homogeneity in the published figures.

Until the fourth quarter of  2019 GGR was obtained directly from operators. As of first quarter of 2020 GGR is calculated using basic magnitudes: stakes, prizes, commissions, cost of bonus.

Furthermore, with regard to promotions, there is a distinction between cost of bonus included in Prize and cost of Bonus not included in Prize.

On the whole, we really hope this new report offers a greater awareness of the Spanish gambling market.


Quarter Summary

The GGR for the quarter was € 217.97 million, which implies an increase of 17.65% quarter over quarter and 12.47% year over year.

Regarding the rest of the main figures, deposits and withdrawals of the players, their variation rates decrease -1.19% and -4.70%, respectively, in relation to the previous quarter. Marketing expenditure has a slightly growth 2.85% quarter over quarter and new accounts experiences an increase with respect to the same quarter of the previous year and a decrease with respect the previous quarter, with the detail shown in Table 1.

In the analysis of the GGR by game segments it is observed that:

The € 217.97 million of GGR are distributed among € 110.62 million in Betting (50.75%); € 3.69 million in Bingo (1.69%); € 77.59 million in Casino (35.60%); € 1.88 million in Contests (0.86%) and € 24.2 million in Poker (11.10%).

The betting segment has a rise rate of 23.34% quarter over quarter and 8.65% year over year. This growth has been substantial in In-played sportbook, 45.42%, and considerable in pre-match, 10.77%, with respect to the previous quarter.

Bingo has experienced an increase of 12.44% quarter over quarter and 14.69% year over year.

In the casino there has been a growth of 8.27% quarter over quarter and an annual variation rate of 16.76%. This growth is mainly due to Roulette, both variants, life roulette, 22.46% and conventional, 15.88%.  Slots increases also but slightly, 4.10%.

The contests experienced a considerable rise of 208.23% in this quarter and 99.50% in the annual variation rate. This segment exhibits an irregular behaviour with annual variation rates in the first quarter of -37.83% in 2017; -80.20% in 2018; 368.97% in 2019.

The poker presents this quarter an increase of 20.76% over the previous quarter and 13.10% year over year. This rise is mainly due to poker tournament that registers a quarterly variation rate of 22.24%.

As a summary, the percentage distribution of the GGR for the different segments in this quarter of the period from 2017 to 2020 is shown in Table 2.

Marketing spending has been € 118.24 million in the last quarter, with an annual growth of 28.34% and broken down into € 10.29 million affiliation expenses; € 6.04 million sponsorship; promotions € 42.36; and advertising € 59.54 million. There has been a variation of 2.85% quarter over quarter, motivated by the increase of advertising (1.23%) and promotions (8.63%). For the first time, promotions are broken down into cost of bonus included in prize, € 20.03 million, and cost of bonus not include in prize, € 22.34 million.

The monthly average of active game accounts is 911.218, which maintain the same lever year over year. The monthly average of the new game accounts is 289.340, with an annual increase of 5.63%.

For this quarter, there are 80 licensed operators and the number of active operators by segment is:

  • Betting: 40
  • Bingo: 3
  • Casino: 43
  • Contests: 2
  • Poker: 9