- Over 7,000 new registrations recorded per month on average in 2022
- 9% increase in new registrations compared to 2021
- GAMSTOP recently recorded the highest single-day registrations
- Record female self-exclusion in February – 1/3 of registrants
A total of more than 300,000 people in the UK are now signed up with GAMSTOP, the free, independent national online gambling self-exclusion system, with an average of more than 7,000 new registrations per month this year.
GAMSTOP released figures for the first six months of 2022 as the government delayed a white paper on gambling law reform, which is now not expected to be released until the fall. From January 2022 to June 2022, more than 43,500 people registered to exclude themselves from UK-licensed online sites – an increase of 9% on the first six months of 2021.
Generally, most registrations are recorded during the winter months, but there are more registrations in the second quarter of 2022 than in the last quarter of 2021. This trend is likely to continue; 371 people signed up for self-exclusion on July 1, the most in a single day since the service launched in April 2018.
Enrolments for 16-24 year olds increased by 5% in the second quarter of 2022, with 58% of enrolments under the age of 35 at the end of June. Currently, 30% of those who register are women, but in February 2022 a record 33% of those who self-exclude were women.
Registration with GAMSTOP is free, and individuals are asked to enter personal information and choose an exclusion period of six, one or five years. As of June 2022, nearly 50% of registered individuals opted for a five-year ban, the longest possible period.
GAMSTOP launched in April 2018, and as of June 2022, 91% of the 300,631 people who have registered since launch are currently banned. June 2022 saw fewer bans lifted than in any of the previous five months.
In May 2022, GAMSTOP and its technology partner The Data Shed were awarded the ‘Data for Good Initiative’ award at this year’s British Data Awards for their ability to safely use data to protect those at risk.
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