With the daily development of the iGaming industry, the numbers showing the increase or decrease in profits of a market are constantly changing. Spain is one of the markets that can boast improvement!
Spain’s gross gambling revenue (GGR) experienced substantial growth in the second quarter of the year, rushing by 55.1% year-on-year to reach €312.6 million. This strong performance was driven by substantial gains in sports betting earnings, which more than doubled during the period.
Total income for the quarter outpaced last year’s numbers and was also 2.5% higher than the first quarter, according to data released by Spain’s regulatory body, the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ).
Casino and Slot Machine Revenue Surge
Casino games, which are proven to be one of the most popular games, developed the highest GGR in Q2, totaling €149.9 million, marking a 27.9% boost compared to the previous year and a 4.5% rise from Q1. Slots stood out and its income saw a noteworthy growth of 29.9% year-on-year, while live roulette GGR increased by 8.9%.
The sports betting element witnessed the most impressive evolution, with GGR reaching €133.3 million, marking a staggering 118.9% boost from the previous year. Pre-event sports betting GGR also contributed and grew by 1.8% compared to Q2, while live betting GGR increased by 3.5%. Horse racing bets soared by 22.7%, although GGR from other sports bets fell by 15.1%.
Other Gaming Verticals
Poker GGR reached €25.8 million, a 27.6% increase from the previous year, although it was 5.8% lower than the first quarter. Tournament poker GGR was up by 38.1% approximated to Q2 of 2022, and cash poker GGR also saw a 4.9% increase.
However, Bingo GGR contributed and reached €3.5 million, up by 5.5% from the previous year and also 5.5% higher than Q2 this year. Contests GGR amounted to €140,000, a substantial 1,464.9% boost from last year, but it was 41.5% lower than Q2.
Marketing Expense and Player Activity
Player stakes rose by almost 20%, while withdrawals were 3.0% higher than in 2022 but 2.3% lower than in the first quarter. Licensees’ total marketing spend in Spain reached €96.6 million, with promoting spending up by 7.7% from last year, affiliate spending mounting by 56.2%, and sponsorship skyrocketing by 225.2%. However, promotions were down by 1.7%.
The number of active gaming accounts increased by 11.4% from the previous year to 1,134,993, while the monthly norm for new accounts fell by 3.0% to 102,804 users.
The DGOJ also reported that 78 licensees offered some form of gambling during Q2, with 43 presenting sports betting, 50 delivering casinos, nine contributing poker, three presenting bingo, and two offering contests.
Source: ”Spanish gambling revenue up 55.1% year-on-year to €312.6m in Q2”. iGamingBusiness. September 21, 2023.