This is less than the $356.1bn returned by the global gambling sector 10 years ago. However the data business expects to see a return to its pre-pandemic growth trajectory in 2022.

Online is now projected to command a 19.8% share of the 2020 global gambling market. This compares to a pre-pandemic forecast of 13.19%, reflecting the acceleration of online take-up and the greater impact on the land-based sector of physical closures and social distanced operating requirements (Chart 6).

The data business has estimated interactive, including lottery, will hit $80bn gross win next year, having only broken the $40bn threshold in 2015.

The Asia/Oceania region, where the outbreak first originated, saw the biggest downgrade over the year, ending 30.9% behind the pre-pandemic forecast figure (Chart 3).

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