France’s online gambling sector maintained its upward trend through the first quarter of the year, posting a 35 percent increase in revenue to €587m (2020: €435m).
The increase is to a 19% increase in active accounts to 3.07m (2020: 2.59m). The company stated that “each online gaming segment open to competition is still experiencing very strong growth in activity.”
“These results show the acceleration of the digitization of gambling practices. It is due to a health crisis and whose structuring nature will have to be confirmed,” the French regulator ANJ said.
Following the highest increase in turnover over the previous year, online poker revenue increase by 23% to €120 million.
The number of active online poker players increased by 9% to 991,000 (2020: 906,000). But Q2 could deviate from the trend of stellar increases after 2020 showed “an exceptional level of activity” due to lockdowns and sporting cancellations.
The ANJ’s president, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, stated, “The dynamics of online games were confirmed and accelerated this quarter. It necessitates vigilance and must be accompanied to ensure the safety of players.”