Global gambling revenues passed US$ 400 billion, according to the latest research undertaken by Global Betting and Gaming Consultants for its Global Gambling Report – Betting on Regulation.
GBGC’s provisional figures show that gambling activities generated US$ 419 billion in revenues across the world in 2011.This figure is an increase of 5.6% on the previous year.
In 2011 the world’s lotteries had the highest share of gambling revenues, accounting for 28.4% of the total. But the growth of casinos in jurisdictions likes Macau and Singapore means that commercial casinos (excluding US tribal gaming) are closing in on the lotteries with a share of 27.7%. GBGC forecasts that commercial casinos will overtake lotteries as the leading gambling activity in 2012.
Interactive gambling accounted for 8.4% of global gambling revenues in 2011, up from 8.0% in 2010. This figure would suggest there is still scope for further growth in Interactive sector, especially if the US does adopt some kind of federal or state regulation for Internet gambling in the coming years.
Commenting on the figures, GBGC’s Director Lorien Pilling said, “GBGC is forecasting that global gambling revenues will reach US$ 500 billion by 2014. There are numerous new casinos under development in Asia that are due to open in the next few years, whilst Singapore’s integrated resorts are still only in their second full year of operations.”
“Of course, the global economic situation will be a major influence on gambling markets. If China’s economy does have a “crash landing” it is difficult to see Macau’s gaming growth rates being maintained. A strong economic recovery in the US would help gaming revenues that have been hit hard in recent years. In Europe, the gambling industry really needs the Eurozone crisis to be resolved because the uncertainty is really hurting the gambling sector in the likes of Greece and Spain.”
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