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French survey suggests 6% of players “overwhelmed” during second lockdown

| By Marese O'Hagan
Results from a survey conducted by French regulator L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) have revealed that 6% of players reported feeling “overwhelmed” by their gambling activities during the second national lockdown in October 2020.

The ANJ, under the instruction of Harris Interactive, surveyed a sample of 3,013 individuals who had gambled at least once during 2020.

The survey found that 75% of players who placed bets in 2020 did so during the second lockdown.

The results also revealed that 6% of players reported feeling overwhelmed by their amount of play from the start of the second lockdown, and 70% of these players reported feeling worried about experiencing financial difficulties in the near future as a result.

Casino players and new players were more likely than average to report feeling overwhelmed.

However, 43% of these players said they did not plan on seeking professional help, while 35% plan to continue playing just as much or more.

The majority of respondents, 54%, said they gambled a similar amount during the lockdown as they did before. 11% said they gambled more during the lockdown and 34% said they gambled less.

When asked what caused players to continue to play during the second lockdown, 57% of those surveyed said they hoped that they could earn more money, while 43% said that their gambling habits remained the same. Only 4% said that progression in games encouraged them to continue.

34% of those who claimed to have not played during the second lockdown said that they wanted to avoid spending money on the games.

French online revenue hit a record high in 2020, with the market bringing in €1.74bn.

France also introduced new plans for player protection requirements in January 2021.

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