The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released a new report which shows the significant growth that esports betting has seen over recent months. The report shows a massive 2992% year-on-year increase in esports betting.
The figures show that while other sectors of the gambling industry have struggled during the pandemic, esports betting has risen significantly. In March 2019, the gross gambling yield for esports betting was just £50,223 ($63,493). 12 months later, in March 2020, when the pandemic was just taking a hold in Europe, that had risen to £1,517,548 ($1,918,541). In April 2020, that then rose further to £3,393,637 ($4,289,767) and increased yet again in May 2020 to £4,616,610 ($5,835,764).
The year-on-year increase from March 2019 to March 2020 was a rise of 2922%, showing that even before the pandemic took hold, esports betting in the UK was a rapidly expanding market. Even then, the increase from March 2020 to April 2020 was still a massive 124% increase in a single month, showing how popular esports betting while traditional sporting events were unable to take place.

By Niji Narayan

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.