Spanish online gross gambling revenue (GGR) rose 13.8 per cent year-on-year to €850.7m (£726.3m/$998m) in 2020, despite sports betting revenue declining.
According to new figures from the Spanish regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), Sports wagering remained the main source of GGR but fell by 7.1 per cent year-on-year to €365.1m.
However, other verticals saw considerable rises as the pandemic limited live sports events. Casino went up 33.7 per cent to €350.8m, while poker rose 35.8 per cent to €110.3m.
Bingo GGR also saw a notable rise, increasing by 40.8 per cent to €16.5m. Contests’ revenue increased by a staggering 185.7 per cent to €8m over the same period.
Player spending was up 15 per cent to €21.6bn from €18.78bn the previous year. Meanwhile, the number of active accounts rose by 16 per cent to 2.9 million, with active players also up by 8.8 per cent to 1.5 million.
Operator marketing spend rose 24.2 per cent to €462.1m in 2020, with advertising expenses reaching €199.7m. Promotions cost operators €197.3m, with €38.5m spent on affiliates and €26.6m on sponsorship.
The figures from Q4 revealed that a 20 per cent rise in GGR compared to the third quarter, totalling €231.2m.
The fourth quarter saw punters spend €1.07bn with gambling operators, which marked a 31.8 per cent rise on the same time the previous year. Again, operator marketing spend was up during Q4 too, by 24.5 per cent compared to the previous year.
At the close of Q4 Spain had 80 active licensed operators, 51 of which were offering casino, 46 offering betting, nine poker, three bingo and two contests.