Estoril Sol Digital has partnered with Microgaming, the Isle of Man-based casino game provider. The agreement is aimed not only at broadening ESC Online's portfolio of games, but is also part of the expansion strategy. from Microgaming to various regulated markets, following the entry into Sweden and the Czech Republic in 2019.
Through a partnership with Microgaming, ESC Online, which already has over 450 games, now has titles such as Tomb Raider, Jungle Jim – El Dorado or Lucky Leprechaun. In total, for Estoril Sol, the revenues from its online gambling account for approximately 13% of the group's total gambling revenues, rising by 2019 to 29.3 million euros, an increase of 55% compared to last year. , reveals his most recent account report.
Online gaming activity in Portugal was legalized in 2016 and since then the Portuguese have bet more than six million euros on gambling, according to a report released by the Game Regulation and Inspection Service (SRIJ) in late 2018. Operators online gaming accounted for the largest share of prize money, distributing 2,279 million euros.
But the growth of online gaming is being accompanied by another trend. The number of addicted Portuguese who are asking to be blocked from accessing these authentic virtual casinos is also increasing. In 2019, the number increased to 35,400, which means a 70% growth.