In Sweden, online gambling revenue touched rock bottom in the second quarter, as the sector struggled under the impact of Covid-19 outbreak. The gross gambling revenue (GGR) tumbled to SEK5.94bn (€572.4m), which is the lowest Sweden has witnessed since regulated online gaming was introduced in January 2019.
The online gambling revenue actually increased 3.6 per cent year-on-year to SEK3.61bn (€348m), but it still is a fall from the previous two quarters.
Svenska Spel, which has a monopoly in lottery and gaming machines, saw its revenue decrease by 8.5% year-on-year to SEK1.29bn.
Svenska Spel’s revenue from its lottery brand Tur increased by 3.3% to reach SEK1.18bn.
Non-profit lotteries saw an increase of 2.7% year-on-year to reach SEK950m.
The fall in online gambling revenue does not go well with the Swedish government’s fears of an increase in online casino gambling during the pandemic. The Swedish government had introduced a SEK5,000 (€476) weekly deposit cap for online casino gaming.