The UK Gaming Commission (UKGC) reported a “stable July” as it continued to monitor the online gambling sector’s operations under COVID-19.
The regulator disclosed that 11.3 million active gamers were registered in July, repeating the results from June, in its latest online monitoring report based on operator data.
The number of active players in July is still significantly below the peak of +12 million in March and April, which can be linked to popular interest in the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National horse races.
The online gross gambling yield for July was £457 million, down 1 percent from the previous month’s figure of £496 million, due to a dramatic 19 percent reduction in betting event activity following the end of the UEFA EURO 2020 Championships.
As expected, online sports betting saw month-over-month reductions in all indicators, with total bets falling 7 percent to £252 million and active player numbers falling 2 percent to 5.5 million.
Despite the overall reduction, the UKGC expressed worry about a significant month-on-month increase in online slots activity, which increased by 4 percent GGY to £187 million from June to July.
Further online slot figures showed that July spins increased by 6 percent to 5.9 billion, while active player numbers increased by 1 percent to 3.1 million.
The UKGC observed that the number of online sessions lasting more than an hour climbed by 4 percent to 2.4 million. The average session lasted 19 minutes, with approximately 8 percent of all sessions lasting more than an hour.
Despite improvements, slot activity and wagering remained below the record highs set during the lockdown months of March and April, when wagering surpassed £6 billion.
The Commission said: “We know that some consumers, such as highly engaged gamblers who play a range of products, are likely to spend more time and money gambling and with high-level sporting events which took place over the summer where there were more opportunities for betting customers to gamble.
“This is relevant to the July dataset reported as it covers the latter half of the Euro 2020 tournament and remains relevant in the future months when the Premier League restarts.”