Gamstop, the national self-exclusion scheme for Great Britain, has seen a significant increase in new registrations in 2023. According to reports, there has been a 9.5% year-on-year increase in new registrations, with more than 92,000 players signing up with Gamstop in the 12 months leading up to December 31st. This marks a new record for the scheme, surpassing the previous record of 84,000 set in 2022.
Of the new registrants, 55% have opted for a five-year exclusion from gambling, the longest timeframe available through Gamstop. Other exclusion periods include six months and one year.
In addition to the record annual figures, Gamstop also saw a new monthly high in May, with total sign-ups reaching 8,591.
One notable trend observed in the data is the increase in younger people registering with Gamstop. In the second half of the year, there was a 31% year-on-year rise in registrations from people aged 16-24, accounting for 21% of new registrations in the six months leading up to December.
Since its launch in April 2018, a total of 433,357 consumers have registered with Gamstop, indicating the growing importance of self-exclusion for those struggling with gambling.
Despite the increase in registrations, some challenges persist, particularly with illegal operators who specifically market their services as not being integrated with Gamstop, allowing registered players to continue gambling. This has led to at-risk players falling through the “trap door” and engaging with potentially dangerous operators not monitored by tools such as Gamstop.
Gamstop CEO, Fiona Palmer, highlighted the importance of self-exclusion for those struggling with gambling and emphasized the need to continue raising awareness of Gamstop to individuals, as well as their friends and families. Palmer also mentioned the importance of educating younger consumers and the ongoing efforts to raise awareness among the 16-24 age group.
Looking ahead, the organization aims to work collaboratively with like-minded organizations and utilize the support of their football club partners to continue spreading awareness of Gamstop and its services.