Negative attitudes towards gambling in Great Britain are increasingly prevalent, according to the Gambling Commission's Behaviour, Awareness and Attitudes Report, with 29% of those surveyed now calling for a total ban.
The final six months of the decade saw talk of regulatory crackdowns continue, with pressure growing on operators across a number of markets and verticals. Elsewhere M&A activity rose to the fore, with a number of high-profile acquisitions announced during the period
Lotteries and keno helped Tabcorp’s revenues to increase to 4.4% to $2.91bn for the six months ended 31 December, 2019, even as the operator’s wagering vertical faced integration issues and the gaming services vertical struggled.
German lottery broker Zeal Network’s revenue and earnings declined in 2019, but the business said the year was still a success despite the acquisition of Lotto24 and move away from secondary lotteries affecting its financial performance.
China’s Welfare and Sports Lottery sales declined 17.5% to CNY422.05bn (£46.39bn/€55.80bn/$60.12bn) in 2019, after the year concluded with a 4.9% year-on-year decline in sales for December, according to figures from the country’s Ministry of Finance.
Loto Quebec’s revenue fell 11.1% to $685.6m as a lack of larger jackpots slashed lottery revenue, while revenue from other verticals also declined in the quarter ended 31 December, the third of the operator’s fiscal year.
French gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has projected 5% growth in both player stakes and revenue for 2020, after a “landmark” 2019 that saw the operator list on the Euronext Paris and net revenue rise to €1.96bn.
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about how lotteries need to attract younger players and move online to stay relevant. But they mustn’t forget about their core player base, the audience heard at various panels at ICE. Joanne Christie reports.
Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has issued a warning to consumers over participating in ‘dipping’ lottery games on Facebook, saying that such activities are not legal in the country.