The DGOJ, Spain’s national gambling regulator, has announced that a total of 26 projects will receive funding for research into gambling harm. In April, the ministry of consumer affairs launched the application process, resulting in 37 gambling-related research projects being submitted for funding from various institutions and non-profit entities in the country.
The focus of the projects was on harm or conditions related to gambling activities, with a total of €1.3m being allocated for this research. After an evaluation by the State Research Agency, the Evaluation Commission selected 26 projects to receive the funding. The selected projects will have an extended execution period until June 30, 2024.
The DGOJ stated that the grants are intended for research studies on disorders derived from gambling activity, with a focus on preventing the effects of these disorders and the risks associated with gambling.
This announcement comes on the heels of a report from the DGOJ in September, which revealed a 55.1% increase in gross gambling revenue in Q2. The casino segment generated the most revenue at €149.9m, marking an increase of 27.9% from the previous year and 4.5% from Q1. Additionally, slot machine revenue increased by 29.9% year-on-year, and live roulette revenue saw an 8.9% increase.
The sports betting segment experienced the largest percentage of growth, with revenue reaching €133.3m, marking a 118.9% increase from the previous year. Total player deposits were 19.6% higher year-on-year, while withdrawals were 3.0% higher.
Overall, these developments mark a significant investment in researching the harmful effects of gambling, as well as a substantial increase in gambling revenue in Spain.