The global online gambling market size is anticipated to reach USD 73.45 billion by 2024 owing to rising prevalence gambling across the globe. Technological advancements and addition of new regulations are expected to boost market demand over the forecast period. Furthermore, growing adoption of smartphones and tablets and easy access to online platforms are anticipated to drive the market.
Companies are focusing on developing mobile applications with secure money transfer facilities so that punters can easily place their bets online in real time. For instance, companies such as Bet365 Group Ltd., Paddy Power Betfair plc., and Betsson AB have mobile applications on different platforms such as iOS and Android. Moreover, a number of countries are legalizing gambling with each passing year. For instance, in December 2016, the parliament of Japan passed a law to legalize casinos after holding it for 15 years.
In 2016, the sports betting segment led the market and accounted for more than 40% of the revenue. It comprises various sports tournaments such as cricket, basketball, tennis, and other games. For instance, the sports betting segment turnover for Bet365 Group Ltd. went up by USD 2.3 million in 2016 owing to increasing football tournaments and cricket leagues. Increasing number of people betting on such events and easy accessibility to online gambling websites and applications are anticipated to present considerable growth opportunities for the market.
The online gambling and betting industry is anticipated to grow at a faster pace due to favorable regulatory environment. Moreover, rising disposable income of consumers and adoption of Internet-based devices are increasing revenues of the online gambling market worldwide. However, certain regions are likely to record sluggish growth due to strict government regulations, thus affecting overall revenue generation.
Europe dominated the market in 2016, valuing USD 16.42 billion in the market. This is due to the fact that online gambling is legal in a large number of countries such as France, Germany, and Italy. Countries such as U.K. and Germany have well-developed technology and infrastructure. Moreover, they have witnessed increased usage of smartphones and tablets for playing online gambling games on applications provided by companies such as Betsson AB and Bet365 Group Ltd.
The global online gambling industry is highly fragmented in nature and is marked by presence of several players operating across the world. Companies are focused on expanding their presence in the market through various strategic alliances such as diversification in online services.
For instance, in August 2015, Paddy Power announced a merger with Betfair for Euro 5 billion in order to increase its penetration in the online market and overcome regulatory hurdles. Key companies in the online gambling market include William Hill plc.; Bet365 Group Ltd.; Paddy Power Betfair plc.; Betsson AB; Ladbrokes Coral Group plc.; Amaya Inc.; 888 Holdings plc.; Sky Betting & Gaming; Kindred Group; and GVC Holdings plc.
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Hexa Research has segmented the online gambling market report based on type and region:-
Segmentation by Type
• Sports Betting
Segmentation by Region
• North America
• Asia Pacific
• Central & South America
Key Players Analyzed:
• William Hill plc.
• Bet365 Group Ltd.
• Paddy Power Betfair plc.
• Betsson AB
• Ladbrokes Coral Group plc.
• Amaya Inc.
• 888 Holdings plc.
• Sky Betting & Gaming
• Kindred Group
• GVC Holdings plc.