Danish internet gambling rates dropped during the government-imposed lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The Gaming Authority compared the data from March 9 to May 2020 form the same period last year.
During the period, online casino revenue increased by two percent. It had a weekly high of three percent before dropping to two percent during the last week of the study. Danish Gambling Authority director Morten Niels Jakobsen said that the lockdown had a severe effect on land-based casinos. Also, online growth failed to mitigate losses from the land-based sector.
According to the regulator, some measures related to the lockdown affected portions of the gambling market. As a result, gaming machines, land-based casinos, and betting were down during the lockdown.
Danish Internet Gambling Rates
The regulator told sports betting solutions providers that they expected the numbers to grow year-over-year. Although online casino activities increased during the lockdown, the Danish regulator didn’t point to the lockdown as the primary cause of the increase.
Based on the best pay per head bookie report, the online casino market increased its gross gaming revenue by eight percent from 2018 to 2019. Even without the coronavirus lockdown, the online sector will still increase year-on-year.
On the contrary, there was a drop in online betting due to the cancellation of sporting events worldwide. Online wagering revenue dropped 53 percent. Also, it has a downward trend every week. It is not a good time to become a bookie in Denmark.
Also, the self-exclusion registrar Rofus hasn’t seen any significant variation in the number of registered players during the pandemic. The country’s problem gambling hotline also got fewer calls in March and April compared to the same months in 2019.
The regulator will continue to be vigilant as it monitors the Danish gambling market. It will look at how the markets react when the government relaxes its lockdown procedure.