According to a recent study from market research firm Global Market Insights, The global online gambling market is estimated to witness tremendous revenue growth over the coming years due to an upsurge in smartphone adoption and improving internet infrastructure across the world. Additionally, convenient and easy accessibility to online casino gaming platforms would also complement the overall market outlook over the analysis time period.
Gambling is termed as risking money or anything which is of material value for uncertain results. The initial purpose is of winning an additional amount or material goods. Online gambling also known as internet gambling is basically betting on sports type games or casino done over the internet. Bingo, slots, roulette, keno, poker, lotteries are some of the examples of online gambling.
In addition, various new features introduced by gambling platforms by leveraging technological advancements to attract more customers. This new trend is anticipated to majorly foster the industry size in forthcoming years. Various new technologies like Virtual Reality, 3D Animation, Live Table Games, and convenient as well as mobile-friendly gaming are majorly propelling the market outlook over the coming years.
As per a research report by Global Market Insights Inc., the online gambling market would likely exceed a valuation of $160 billion by the end of 2026.
In terms of type, the online gambling market is bifurcated into bingo, lottery, poker, casino, and betting. The betting segment is further classified into tennis, horse racing, Formula 1, football, esports, and boxing & UFC. Among the other segments, the online betting is the fastest growing segment over the forecast period. In fact, Chabot, machine learning, and AI (Artificial intelligence) have substantially taken over the market. Further, the convenience of cashless payment methods during gaming and increase in the number of female populations in casinos are likely to drive the online gambling industry.
Talking of the lottery segment, though lotteries are still very popular in Colombia, their revenues have progressively diminished as a result of competition from modern games, such as Baloto, which is an electronic lottery game managed by Coljuegos. With the popularity of modern games, the lottery segment might witness slow growth over the coming years.
Based on device type, the online gambling market is classified into desktop and mobile. The desktop device type segment will witness substantial growth over the coming years. The proliferation of sports betting ads across the world and ease of sports betting using desktop is expected to propel segment growth.
On the regional front, the Asia Pacific online gambling industry witnessed a significant upsurge in the industry recently due to the coronavirus pandemic. The strict lockdowns imposed by regional government authorities were responsible for majorly driving the adoption of online betting among APAC customers. In fact, according to the reports of illion Australia and AiphaBeta Australia, Australia witnessed a tremendous 67% rise in online gambling back in April 2020, after the country closed every non-essential service in Australia to keep the case count low. Likewise, the closing of land-based casinos has further resulted in a significant upsurge in the players using online casinos in countries like India.
Similarly, even Global Poker, the US-facing online poker room, reported a tremendous 43% growth in the adoption of online poker platforms across the United States after the lockdowns and social distancing mandates took effect. Additionally, the region observed an immense 255% rise in first-time players. Moreover, a lot of free time in the lockdown has compelled people to use online gambling platforms to pass time, which is majorly pushing the market landscape.
Key Companies covered in online gambling market are 888 Holdings PLC, Bet365 Group Ltd., BetAmerica, bet-at-home.com AG, Betfred, Betsson AB, Buffalo Partners, DraftKings Inc., Flutter Entertainment, GVC Holdings PLC, International Games Technology, Kindred Group PLC, Playtech PLC, Scientific Games, Sky Betting and Gaming, The Stars Group Inc., William Hill PLC.