Size of the online gambling market from 2009 to 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars)

The statistic shows the size of the global online gambling market from 2009 to 2013, with forecasted figures from 2014 to 2018. In 2013, the online gaming market had a volume of 35.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Online gaming industry - additional information

Online gaming, or gambling, is the wagering of something of value, usually money, on the outcome of an event or game using the internet. Online gaming includes such activities as poker, casinos (where people can play traditional casino games, like roulette or blackjack, but online), sports betting, bingo and lotteries. Of these, casino games and sports betting make up the largest share of the market. The market volume of online gaming was forecasted to reach 56.05 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, more than doubling since 2009.

Despite the rapid growth of online gaming, land-based gambling still dwarfs the internet activity. A gross win of around 317 billion U.S. dollars was forecasted for global land-based gambling in 2015, the largest share of this expected in the United States. In 2014, the gambling industry made a total contribution of approximately 240 billion U.S. dollars to the U.S. economy, directly employing 734 thousand people.

Land-based gambling is split into roughly the same categories as online gaming. Perhaps the most commonly associated activity with gambling is visiting casinos. In a spring 2015 survey by Nielsen Scarborough, almost 78 million Americans admitted to having visited a casino in the past 12 months.

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