Spain records an increase in self-exclusion from online gambling


Spain records an increase in self-exclusion from online gambling

In Spain, the number of players who self-excluded from online gambling increased by more than 13% in 2021. This was announced by the Ministry of Consumer Protection yesterday, Monday. The increase in exclusion from online gambling comes as the government works to establish a nationwide self-exclusion registry for land-based gambling.

In Spain, the number of players who exclude themselves from online gambling has increased

According to the Spanish Ministry of Consumer Protection, 7,640 people in Spain officially self-excluded from online gambling last year. This would bring the number of people on the self-exclusion register to 63,646 in 2021, up from 56,006 in 2020.

The nationwide self-exclusion register, the Registro General de Interdicciones de Acceso as Juego (RGIAJ), currently only allows players in Spain to exclude themselves from online gambling. Exclusion from land-based gambling is only possible in the respective autonomous community.

The most significant increase in self-exclusion would have been in the Balearic Islands. Here, 25.53% more people would have enrolled in the self-exclusion register. In Murcia, the number of players excluded from online gambling had increased by 22.44% and in the Valencia region by 22.21%.

The smallest increase was recorded in the exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, he said. While in Ceuta, there had been an increase of 6.93%, in Melilla, there had been 7.93% more people who had entered the self-exclusion register.

No nationwide exclusion from land-based gambling

To make it possible for players to exclude themselves from online gambling nationwide and terrestrial gambling, the Ministry of Consumer Protection is working on an overarching registry. Those who currently exclude themselves from gambling or online betting on the website https://cricketbetting10.in/ in their autonomous community can still participate in gambling  in any other region, the Ministry of Consumer Protection explains:

"This is the reason why the Ministry of Consumer Protection is working with the governments of the autonomous communities to sign the networking agreement, to improve coordination between the registries and thus make progress in the fight against pathological gambling."

Last July, the Ministry of Consumer Protection managed to reach an agreement with the autonomous communities. Each autonomous region could either integrate its data into the state self-exclusion registry or link its registry directly to the state one. Consumer Protection Minister Alberto Garzón had welcomed the fact that the autonomous communities had put aside political differences to protect individuals and their families affected by gambling addiction.

However, for the linking of the registers to actually take place, the signatures of the individual regional governments are required. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Consumer Protection did not disclose how many signatures are still missing.