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2019 Review of the Approved Online French Gaming Market

February 18, 2020 | Lottery News

ARJEL Press release

FRANCE:  — The growth of the online games market continues in 2019. The Gross Game Product (PBJ) of

the whole sector grew by 18% and amounted to 1.4 billion euros, its highest level important since 2010.

The three online gaming segments regulated by ARJEL are growing in activity in 2019. This trend initiated since 2017 is thus confirmed.

The dynamics are however different according to the types of games.

  • Online sports betting is the main contributor: the stakes are increasing by 30%, while the turnover of the sector grows at the same time by 27%. For the second consecutive year, the PBJ is higher than that of the other two combined segments. He represents 62% of the total turnover of the sector against 57% in 2018. Note that now, for the first time since 2010, all online gaming companies are holders of a license in sports betting.
  • At the end of 2019, the two online poker activities are growing, at rates nevertheless different. Cash game turnover increased by 1% while it increased by 8% in tournaments. In total, the Gross Revenue from poker games grew by 6% in 2019. By the amount at 272 million euros, it was the second highest turnover since 2010.
  • The activity of online horse betting increased for the third consecutive year. The bettors have committed 1.1 billion euros in bets on horse racing betting supports in 2019, an increase of 5% compared to 2018. The GOP stands at 271 million euros, the highest amount recorded since 2010.
  • These annual results reflect the attractiveness of the approved market to the general public. In 2019, the population of unique players reached 2,800,000, an increase of 5% compared to 2018.

Player spending fell in 2018 mainly due to the World Cup effect football “and the influx of new recreational players. They increase by 12% in 2019 (€ 508) and return to their 2017 level.

The regulator encourages players to use the tools made available to them by operators accredited online to promote a recreational and responsible gaming practice and so that the game money is entertainment. With this in mind the ARJEL college, for example, prohibited 2019, the granting by operators of commercial or bonus offers, the terms of which could encourage excessive gambling.

For 2020, the upcoming installation of the national gaming authority (ANJ), brings in the regulation of this sector into a new era. By giving it a wider scope of intervention and powers strengthened, the legislator has set up a solid body, at the height of the growing enthusiasm of our fellow citizens for the gambling which is reflected in this 2019 assessment of the online approved market.

Analysis of the online games market – 4th quarter 2019

SOURCE: ARJEL.

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