Spillemyndigheden reveals 1566% surge in self-excluding players
Spillemyndigheden, the Danish gambling regulator, has published a report in which it exposed the amount of players who have joined Denmark’s ROFUS, or Register of Voluntarily Excluded Players, revealing a massive increase over 25,000 until the end of last year.
The results of this report unveiled that in 2012, 1,500 players were registered on the country’s Register. However, as of last year, this number has gone up to 25,176, which is a huge increase of 1566%. 21,586 had been registered by the end of 2019, so this means that 2020’s number was a 16.6% increase from the previous year.
Every year since 2016, about 4,000 players have joined the ROFUS.
The surge in the number of players is most likely due to the changes in the regulator’s rules that concern marketing and ROFUS referral. On the first day of 2020, the country made it compulsory for all gaming operators to mention ROFUS in their marketing and provide extra details.
This newly-published report also unveiled that 76% of the people who were on the register were men.
Furthermore, Spillemyndigheden published two more reports that verified the fact that there were more men taking part in online gambling than there were women in general. It also revealed that young men are the ones who seem to ask for help more.
This mainly brought up a certain connection between younger men who are going through problem gambling and starting to get into gambling at a young age. StopSpillet, which is a helpline operated by the country’s national Gambling Authority, discovered that 450 out of 530 players surveyed had gambled under the age of 25.
Just last week, the Danish regulator obtained the green light to block 55 different gambling sites that were running their operations in the country without a licence.