The number of residents playing has doubled.
The British regulator UKGC (The United Kingdom Gambling Commission) has published the results of a study of the UK gambling market for 2008-2014. The number of people in the United Kingdom who gamble in 2014 doubled compared to 2013. Experts from UKGC explain this growth by the growing popularity of online games and a significant increase in the audience of virtual casinos. As usual, the majority of the gaming audience are men. They also bring most of the profit. The number of men in online gambling has also grown – their share has increased by 13%, according to the latest data, the ratio of men and women is 83 to 17, respectively. The share of the male audience in online sports games is even higher – 91%. UKGC revealed a curious tendency – a decrease in well-being leads to an increase in gaming activity. Apparently, people are trying to compensate for their material difficulties through gambling.