According to the Guardian, Gamstop announced a 21 percentage rise in the number of bettors using the self-exclusion method in February.
The national self-exclusion scheme currently has almost 200,000 supporters, with 326 new sign-ups on February 22, a single-day high for the association.
Fiona Palmer, Chief Executive of Gamstop said: “With the rate of registrants continuing to rise, I would urge anybody putting self-exclusion from online gambling in place through Gamstop to also seek treatment.
“Awareness around self-exclusion schemes and blocking software has been increasing throughout the last year, and it’s important that we continue to spread the message about what help is available to those who need it most.”
‘Trend toward more online gambling’
The group believes that the rise in self-exclusion requests is due to a ‘trend toward more online gambling,’ with the number of people accessing online betting platforms rising during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gamstop has also cited the amount of people who tried to bet since signing up for the self-exclusion programme as proof that blocking tech isn’t a “silver bullet” for avoiding gambling-related injury.
According to the Guardian, 49,328 out of a possible 177,039 self-excluded gamblers tried to bet but were prevented from doing so due to their Gamstop registration.
Self-exclusion programmes, on the other hand, continue to attract broad recognition and praise from across the industry, as well as from responsible gambling supporters.
Time to reflect can make a difference
Peer Aid’s project manager, Mark Blanks, has this to say about the nationwide self-exclusion service: “It gives you that moment’s pause, that bit of breathing space, to ensure that when you have an urge or impulse, you can’t place a bet in that moment. That time to reflect can make all the difference.”
Furthermore, since Gampstop’s launch in 2018, the organisation has seen a huge rise in the number of women gambling, with the figure recently hitting 50,000 for the first time.
However, the gender makeup of the group’s customer base remains overwhelmingly male, with men accounting for 71 percent of Gamstop registrants and women accounting for 29 percent. Younger users are even most likely to use the app, with 59 percent of those who sign up being between the ages of 18 and 34.
Gamstop also increased the popularity of its self-exclusion service through a partnership with Crystal Palace FC of the Premier League, receiving brand recognition through the top-flight club’s social media platforms.