German Survey Reveals 85% Drop In Betting But eSport Betting Up

According to a survey conducted by bookmaker comparison site MySportwetten.de – part of the Leadstar Media network – more than 85 percent of sports bettors in Germany have avoided making bets.

The unrepresentative survey, conducted as a questionnaire among members of the group of MySportwetten.de, was set up to demonstrate how much the betting landscape has changed in Germany as a result of COVID-19.

This studied the degree to which bettors still place bets for the duration 17-23 April, which sports they are actually betting on and the online gambling alternatives they use when pausing their favourite sports and leagues.

Although 14.9 percent of participants said they were still making bets, 85.1 percent said they had suspended betting activities – a result that coincides with the numbers released by the Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV) sports betting federation in the region, which estimated revenue losses for most betting brands to be higher than 9 percent.

Added to this, 77 percent of the members surveyed by MySportwetten.de not only quit betting but also their whole online gaming activities. 5 percent still play poker online or use online casinos, while 3.1 percent have started trading on the stock exchange, interestingly.

Esports gets by far the most coverage from the betting community of MySportwetten.de in terms of sports which are still eligible for betting. An overwhelming 75 percent of those who are still involved put their money on bets for esports. Football, normally the simple number one player in the German betting world, is just 7.1%.

Surprisingly well paid are bets on table tennis (14.3 percent). Some participants (3.6 percent) have named darts as their number one sport to be betting on at the moment.

It will be essential to see how these betting patterns will evolve in the coming weeks, particularly as reports about the German Bundesliga’s imminent return linger – along with more tentative reports about the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart.’