Online gambling is expected to grow by about 15% annually through 2015, the European Commission reported on Tuesday. The growth rate is one of a batch of interesting statistics that may have been overshadowed by the Commission's action plan.
With the 15% expected growth rate, online gambling turnover would be worth about €13 billion by 2015.
Some other interesting facts about the European online gambling industry in the report were:
Currently about 15,000 unregulated websites are operating in the EU, even though several of the countries have moved to set up regulatory bodies in their own countries.
In 2011, online gambling companies produced revenues of roughly €9.3 billion. This equates to roughly 10% of the overall gambling market in Europe.