Gamstop’s annual review showed that there were more than 257,000 new registrants by the end of 2021. More than 235,000 of those players are currently excluded from online gambling.
There was a 25% spike in registrations in the first six months of the year when compared to the same period in 2020, and a 32% increase for the second half.
Men make up 70% of registrants, while the number of women signing up has increased to 30%. 43% of registrations come from those aged between 25-34.
50% of registrants in 2021 selected the maximum exclusion period of five years. 24% chose one year, while 26% opted for six months.
Gamstop CEO Fiona Palmer said: “Registrations have remained high throughout 2021. While it is hard to gauge how associated this is to the pandemic, what is clear is that self-exclusion is an increasingly important tool for those who wish to remove the temptation of online gambling.
“We are very lucky to have many committed partners who work hard to raise awareness of the GAMSTOP service, and I want to place on record our thanks to all of them. We will continue to work hard to ensure that people have access to the tools that are essential to their recovery.”