The eSports betting world has exploded in the last few years, and that’s good news for punters – it means more choice, and a competitive sports betting market online in which providers bid to entice customers with special offers and bonuses.
With the large number of sports betting platforms now in operation, it can be a head scratcher which to choose, especially if you are new to online eSports betting. In this blog, we take a look at some of the best platforms, including their breadth of event coverage, and bonuses which could peak the interest of punters:
One of the leading online gambling groups in the world, Bet365 presents a whole host of eSports betting options. Their offering is headlined by an Open Account offer which gives new users the chance to claim 100 per cent of their deposit back as a bonus. The offer includes initial deposits from $10 up to $100. Bet365’s eSports betting choices are plentiful, from DOTA2 – The International to ESL One Cologne and League of Legends. There is a big emphasis on in play, and a complementary live streaming service which gets punters closer to the action when following the events they have wagered on. In play betting options for eSports include the outcome of a match as it progresses.
Bethard is another tempting options for sports betting fans, thanks to its “badass sports bonus”. Those who want to start their journey of ‘blood, sweat and bets’, as the Bethard slogan goes, can look forward to a 125 per cent deposit bonus on anything up to €125 which is made as an initial deposit. The offers applies across their whole sportsbook, including eSports events such as Overwatch, Counter-Strike:GO, DOTA2, League of Legends and StarCraft. There is a cashout option which allows punters to ‘take their money and run’ or cut their losses as they choose.
Betsafe dangle the carrot of a 100 per cent match bonus for new users who have just signed up, meaning punters can double their first deposit, up the to value of €30. Betsafe focuses mainly on DOTA2 and Counter-Strikeas its primary eSports, but there are other markets available. In play options include the opportunity to predict the winner of a match as it progresses. The platform has been noted by eSports experts as offering favourable odds when compared to competing sports betting platforms which also offer eSports.
You may recognise Betway as one of the main sponsors at big UK boxing events, and they have certainly come a long way in recent times. Take advantage of their Sports Welcome Offer, which incorporates eSports, and receive up to a €30 bonus by receiving 100 per cent of their initial deposit back, so long as it is over €10. Step inside the Betway eSports section and you will find one of the most expansive dedicated eSports spaces on the web. In play options allow punters to get very specific – for example, in the ESL One Cologne event, bets can be placed on who will win which round, which round bombs will be placed, and how many kills occur.
One of the first things which might strike you on the ComeOn platform is the slick layout of the platform, and there is also a bonus which at the time of writing offers all new members up to £25 free cash on deposits of up to £25, applying to first bets with odds of evens or greater. League of Legends and DOTA2 take centre stage as part of the ComeOn eSports betting platform, and the site is also noted for its prompt and simple customer service.
The double 100 per cent profit boosts you are in line for when signing up to LeoVegas might be enough to have some eSports betting fans licking their lips, and there is also a very impressive depth of eSports events for punters to wager on. These include headline attractions such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), DOTA2 and League of Legends, as well as an impressive selection of odds for smaller competitions – the CS:GO Lootbet Cup, for example. In play is an option on all the major eSports tournaments for LeoVegas users, and the site has also been highlighted for its smooth user experience, and reliable payment process.
The main eSports odds on MrGreen are incorporated within the sportsbook section, and consequently qualify for the MrGreen bonus, which offer total odds of 2.00 or more on minimum deposits above €20. After bets are processed, two free bets of €10 each are coming your way. There is a solid selection of the top competitions on which to place bets, including the likes of CSGO, DOTA2, League of Legends and Starcraft, which pit the world’s leading eSports units up against each other. MrGreen offers a number of web certificates for a secure payment process, giving eSports punters peace of mind.
UK based Unibet eSports punters are rewarded for signing up to the platform with a £30 welcome bonus, as well as Unibet TV access and in play options. A solid eSports selection includes League of Legends, DOTA2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Starcraft 2, giving Unibet room for expansion into the eSports market, but still with enough depth for an inexperienced punter. Unibet also offers regional choices, such as the Turkish Championship and Nordic Championship, and on most days you are likely to find some events with eSports odds offered.
So there you have it, eight of the leading eSports betting providers online. Depending on your priorities, you might be swayed by the range of eSports events, or the most attractive bonuses offered by the platforms – whatever your thing, be sure to educate yourself on eSports by taking a look at some events first hand, familiarising yourself with the different games, and the various units which compete for top honours in the eSports world.