GamStop Records 21% Rise in People Looking to Block Themselves from Gambling in February

The coronavirus pandemic brought about quite the surge in online betting and gambling, thanks to the fact that people were spending more time at home. Now, according to data released by the national self-exclusion scheme GamStop, a rise in the number of people looking to block themselves from gambling has been experienced. This is of little surprise, considering that in April of 2020, it was reported that the pandemic had been quite the ‘disaster’ for addicts.

In February, GamStop has reported that there has been a 21% increase in the number of people looking to exclude themselves from betting. In fact, in February 22 alone, a total of 326 new registrations were recorded – a record for a single day since the service was launched back in 2018. This has contributed to around 200,000 people in the UK having already utilized the GamStop service.

This, GamStop noted, has followed a significant rise in online betting volumes during November and December of last year. From this, the organization said that the trend towards more online gambling may be something that is leading to those more vulnerable individuals taking the decision to exclude themselves from all online sites.

Even though more people than ever before have signed up to the GamStop service, the organization was also quick to note that its figures also display something else – the difficulty that many people have with staying away from gambling.

According to data from January of this year, 49,328 people out of a total of 177,038 had attempted to partake in gambling but were stopped from doing so thanks to their GamStop registration. Through this, people have been able to shut themselves out of the internet gambling zone for a defined period of time. Therefore, GamStop realizes that the software it provides is not the be all and end all of gambling exclusion.

Fiona Palmer CEO GamStop

With the rate of registrants continuing to rise, I would urge anybody putting self-exclusion from online gambling in place through GamStop to also seek treatment.

Fiona PalmerCEO GamStop

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