UK gamblers are doubling their use of internationally licensed online operators from the past years. The report is as per the new survey conducted by the UK licensed rivals.
On Thursday, the Betting & Gaming Council came up with the issuing of a 66-page report, which strives to quantify the state of ‘unlicensed online gambling in the UK.’ The report here is prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers. It is built on the findings for similar kinds of reports that got their issuance one year ago.
The report came in involvement with the online survey, which was filled out with 2363 active UK online gamblers in late 2020. The punters are having their queries on the awareness. It includes the usage and spending, along with the unlicensed operators. At the same time, it includes the motivations to seek out the unlicensed ruffians.
Before moving forward, it is better to point out that the report said that it was not interested in “UK licensed operators serving gamblers in foreign jurisdictions without a license.” Along with the acknowledgment of the UK Gambling Commission that got licensed online, the white knights behaved abroad like the UK-facing international rogues. They despise enough to tarnish their gleaming armor.
The figures in the headline of the report are that 4.5% of the UK is online gamblers. And they are arrested for patronizing the international site. It is double the value, 2.2%, in the 2018/19 report of PwC. The 4.5% equals near 460k Britons, who do not care much if the site is coming up with UKGC stamp approval or not. The volume of the stake that is taking place with unauthorized sites is doubling from 1.2% – 2.3 % of the respondents.
On the other hand, the total web visits to the unauthorized sites are remaining unchanged effectively from the 2018/19 report. 11 of the sites that are included in both the reports see the soaring of traffic by 85% during this time. This appears as the case of familiarity for breeding respect and not for contempt.
The international sites are seeing their percentage in the Google search results tumble from the 12% mark in the first 10 pages in 2018/19 to just 5% during the last year. The major decline is in the first two pages of the results. However, the changes to the Google algorithm are considered as the primary cause of the decline.
The major motivations that the UK gamblers are seeking are unauthorized options, which are reflecting many of the restrictions imposed on the UK licensed sites from the current years. It also includes the April 2020 credit card banning.
There are restrictions on the VIP program. Also, there is curtailment in the six-point hike in the Remote Gaming Duty. The costs of it got inevitably passed towards the customers.
Surely the reduced odds and payout rates are cited near the 53% of the gamblers. This is very likely going to lead them to other international sites. Affordability check is also proposed in the UK, which got cited with 30% of respondents. The monthly staking limit is lesser than the concern and notching with an 18% score.
The BGC is previewing the content of the PwC report. It has resulted in the pushback from UKGC CEO Neil McArthur, who is claiming that the findings are “not consistent with the intelligence picture.” McArthur further said that the BGC is overegging the threat, which is imposed from unauthorized sites, for tempering the UK Government’s enthusiasm.
In response to McArthur’s saying, the BGC CEO, Michael Dugher, said that the PwC report findings were “inconvenient to those who seek to dismiss and play down the black market, but there is a real danger of complacency.” Dugher has aimed other warnings at the Government too. He said that the UK “risks sleep walking into changes where the main beneficiary is the unlicensed black market.”