Spanish igaming operators’ affiliate marketing spend increased by almost 30% during Q4 2018, to 9.7 million.

Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), the Spanish gambling authority, disclosed this information in its quarterly report, which also found that general marketing spend increased by 25% for the three-month period, up to €95.1 million.

It comes after massive growth of 27.4% (to €97.4 million) during Q3 2018, reinforced by the FIFA World Cup. Despite the Spanish national team’s early exist at the hands of hosts Russia, a whopping €1.6 billion was staked, a rise of 21.6% from Q3 2017. June was also confirmed as Spanish igaming operators’ best ever month thanks to World Cup fever.

The Spanish casino vertical delivered revenue of €60.9 million, over a third higher than 2017’s third quarter, slots rose by 54% to €34.2 million, while live roulette went up to €11.9 million, a 31% rise.

Back in October, it emerged that the DGOJ was working alongside the La Liga integrity unit. The pair reported 39 suspicious betting alerts during the 2017-18 Spanish football season, which resulted in nine criminal court cases prosecuting match-fixing offences.

La Liga and DGOJ officials presented Spanish media, with the results of their working collaboration on maintaining Spanish football’s integrity against corruption and match-fixing.

Out of the nine criminal cases put forward by La Liga, seven have been prosecuted by Spain’s judiciary.