Gamstop recorded an unprecedented growth of 84,000 in 2022
Gamstop’s self-exclusion scheme registered a record amount of requests to ward off from online gambling for a specified period.
The service stated that the number of registrations reached 84,000 surpassing any data since it first started off in 2018.
After the initiative to encourage self-exclusion in December, 300.000 players started warding off from online gambling in July. 30% women excluded themselves from online games, and still 48% of them chose the longest period of five years. 24% players made up their minds to quit the habit of online gaming for one year.
However, exclusion doesn’t mean getting removed from the platform for good. Users having self-excluded will remain in the database until they choose to remove their profile themselves.
Executives made different judgements about what conditions players’ behavior. One of the assumptions is that hard living conditions force people to step away from some entertainment types.
Gamestop CEO Fiona Palmer stated:
”We tend to think that the economic crisis makes it harder for people to sustain their families and in this regard, it’s important to promote our self-exclusion campaigns. The positive outcome we had in 2022, when we witnessed over 80.000 self-exclusion cases, encourages us to continue our initiative aimed for the greater good. At the same time, except for registering a great number of self-exclusions for a long period, we wish to find a comprehensive solution. This includes bank blocking and other responsible gambling services including making people more gamble aware.”
The company announced that the positive change has been recorded among different age groups, the 40% being 25-34. 25% of players self-excluded at 35-44 of age, and 20% were within the 18-24 age group.
When the initiative first started out in 2018, the recorded self-exclusion data showed more cases in winter. With time, the trend changes, recording more registrations on the self-exclusion program in summer of 2022. On July 1 of the same year, 371 users voluntarily took a break from online gambling.