Gamstop passes 200,000 users after record sign-ups

Registrations were up by 21 per cent year-on-year in February
Registrations were up by 21 per cent year-on-year in February

The gambling self-exclusion scheme Gamstop has reported record sign-ups in the first two months of 2021.

UK.- The online gambling self-exclusion tool Gamstop has reported record sign-ups in January and February, passing the milestone of 200,000 users.

Registrations were up by 21 per cent year-on-year in February at 6,500. The month also saw a record daily tally of 326 sign-ups in 24 hours on February 22.

In January, 7,000 signed up, an increase of 14 per cent year-on-year.

Gamstop said that 71 per cent of users were male and 29 per cent female. It has already reported an increase in the number of women registering for self-exclusion last year. As for ages, 59 per cent of users are aged 18-34.

Gamstop said that 49,328 users had attempted to gamble and been successfully blocked in January.

All online gaming operators must be registered with Gamstop – a regulation introduced from March 31 last year.

CEO Fiona Palmer said: “We’re pleased that Gamstop is serving as an effective safety net, providing crucial breathing space to those who are struggling with their gambling.

“Awareness around self-exclusion schemes and blocking software has been increasing throughout the last year, and it is important that we continue to spread the message about what help is available to those who need it most.”

Crystal Palace recently became the first English Premier League club to promote Gamstop.

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