Belgian Gaming Commission surveys young people
The Belgian Gaming Commission has recently published a report which surveyed younger players about their gambling behaviors.
The regulator’s latest survey was conducted by the market research firm Ipsos, which asked a thousand people between the ages of 18 and 30 a variety of questions relating to the pastime.
The first question asked by the research firm aimed to gauge the prevalence of unregulated casino websites. The survey presented participants with the names of 20 gambling businesses, half of which were licensed while the other half were operating in the country illegally. and took note of which of them were recognized by the surveyees.
It was discovered that 93% of the participants could recognize at least one of the names of the legal websites, while only 44% could recognize at least one illegal casino. This question also uncovered that among the 10 most-recognized brands, 6 were legal brands, while the remaining 4 were unauthorized operators.
The participants were then asked about their gaming habits, which showed that more than 50% of them had gambled at least once in the last three years. Broken down by gender, 65% of the male respondents had participated in the pastime at least once in the last three years, while just over 40% of the female surveyees had done the same.
Additionally, 62% of all respondents stated that they gamble once per month or less, while only 13% play on a daily basis. The vast majority of them choose to enjoy the pastime through licensed businesses, however, around a third of all participants stated that they have previously gambled on an illegal website.
The company then asked the group about the differences between regulated and illegal gambling businesses, with more than a third of them stating that the differences between the two types were often not clear to them. This was most prominent for those who don’t gamble, as nearly half of all who don’t enjoy the pastime could not clearly tell between a legal gambling site and an illegal one.
Lastly, the survey asked the participants about their opinions on gambling advertisements and found that 46% of respondents are in favor of restricting industry advertising in Belgium.