The French regulator, L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux, has reported gross gaming revenue for the country’s online gaming sector of €444m ($502.2m) for the third quarter of 2021. This represents a 9.6% increase on the same period in 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic had huge negative impact.
Sports betting accounted for €264m of this overall GGR, a year-on-year uplift of 15.7%. €1.60bn was staked on sports during the third quarter, a number aided by the delayed Euro 2020 football and Tokyo Summer Olympics, which between them, attracted bets worth €520m. The GGR for poker also rose around 10%, to €99m, but horse racing was down almost 7%, to €81m. France had a total of 2.2m active players during this quarter, up 0.7% year-on-year.
However, the ANJ expressed displeasure at aggressive marketing activities, particularly around Euro 2020, and has stated its intention to implement an ‘Action Plan’ on marketing.