Gamstop has detailed that the number of users registered to its self-exclusion platform has increased by 28% year-on-year during 2021.
Updating stakeholders on its progress throughout the year, Gamstop revealed that the first half of 2021 saw a 25% increase in registrations whilst the latter half of the year saw a 32% uptick, with 257,000 now having registered to the platform.
Breaking down the registrants by gender, women are increasingly self-excluding from gambling in the UK, with 75,000 women now signed up with the service.
Men continue to contribute around 70% of all registrants yet, if the current rate of female registrants continues, the end of 2022 will see the number of women opting out of gambling reach 100,000.
The largest age demographic is the 25-34 category, with 43% of people signed up being aged in that category.
Gamstop lauded the scheme’s efficacy, noting that of the 257,000 people signed up, over 235,000 are currently active in self-excluding from gambling.
Fiona Palmer, Gamstop CEO, commented: “Understanding the profile of Gamstop registrants is crucial if we are to continue to ensure that we reach anybody who the Gamstop service can help.
“Registrations have remained high throughout 2021. While it is hard to gauge how associated this is with the pandemic, what is clear is that self-exclusion is an increasingly important tool for those who wish to remove the temptation of online gambling.
“We are very lucky to have many committed partners who work hard to raise awareness of the Gamstop service, and I want to place on record our thanks to all of them. We will continue to work hard to ensure that people have access to the tools that are essential to their recovery.”