As usual, the Spanish General Directorate on Gambling Affairs (“DGOJ”) has published its third report on the quarterly evolution of the online gambling market in Spain, which gathers data from between July and September, 2016. The DGOJ’s quarterly report is elaborated from data provided by the gaming operators licensed in Spain. It contains a global analysis of the evolution of the online gambling market in Spain based on data obtained during the previous quarter and the same quarter of the previous year (in this case, the third quarter of 2015).

The data shows that, during the third quarter of 2016, there was a 4% increase in GGR (the sum of the amounts destined to game participation, net of bonds and prizes given to customers/players by the operators) compared to the second quarter of 2016. Moreover, there was a 22% increase in GGR regarding the third quarter of 2015. In contrast, there was a 5% drop in the amounts played compared to the second quarter of 2016, although the report reflects a 20% increase compared to the same period in 2015. Players’ participation has increased in the games of poker, casino and, particularly, contests compared to the previous quarter. However, the data published by the DGOJ shows a lower participation in bets and bingo, which have dropped by almost 15% in the case of bets.

The data related to the number of users shows that online gambling still attracts a significant number of players. The number of registered users active in the third quarter of 2016 implies an increase of almost 9% compared to the previous period, and of almost 90% compared to the same quarter of 2015. There has been a drop of almost 3% of new users registered during the third quarter of 2016 compared to the previous period, while the number of new users registered in this quarter implies an 80% increase compared to the same period in 2015.

Regarding advertising expenses in the indicated quarter, the operators have invested €19.66 million, representing a 33% drop compared to the previous period. On the other hand, there has been a drop (23.06%) in sponsorship expenses (totaling €645,148).

Despite the fact that, according to this report, the summer period has entailed a slight drop in most figures that the DGOJ takes into account to elaborate its report, it still shows an increasing evolution in the Spanish online gambling market compared to the same period in 2015.