Reviewed By James Molloy
The world of eSports has been exploding in popularity in recent years. With millions of people across the world regularly watching the best of the best battle it out across various eSports, the interest has never been higher. This is why betting on eSports has also taken off, as people look to try to leverage their knowledge of players and teams.
Vie.bet is one of the leaders, having one of the most comprehensive coverages of different eSports in the world today. This platform has been around now for a couple of years and is owned by the NASDAQ-licensed ESports Entertainment.
The Malta Gaming Authority-licensed platform also offers betting on traditional sports, as well as having an online casino, live casino, and virtual sports. This particular review will mainly focus on the eSports and traditional sports betting side of things.
|One of the leading eSports betting sites||No promotions for current account holders|
|Wide-ranging traditional sportsbook||No loyalty program|
|Live streaming for many events|
Vie.bet has a welcome offer for both its eSports offering and traditional sports betting offering. You can only avail of one of these deals, but they are both inherently the same. You can get a first deposit bonus of 100% of your first deposit up to $100.
You need to enter the ‘SPORTVIE” bonus code when creating your new account if you want the traditional sports offer. The offer also has to be claimed in the ‘Bonuses’ section before you make your first deposit. For the eSports betting deal, you just need to claim the bonus.
The deposit needs to be at least $10 and you need to wager both the bonus funds and deposit amount 7 times before cashing out the funds. You need to place bets on selections with odds of 1.75 or greater and you have 30 days to meet the turnover targets. The max you can win from this promotion is $2,500.
At the time of writing, there were no active promotions for people who already have an account with Vie.bet. There is a good chance that this will change over time.
The only way in which Vie.bet bettors can get their hands on free bets is by availing of the welcome offer. This deposit bonus gives you access to bonus funds that can be cashed out once you have wagered them a certain amount of times. Through this offer, you can get up to $100 in initial bonus funds and turn this deal into a max payout of $2,500.
Vie.bet eSports betting covers most bases. Many of the individual matches have more than 75 different markets to choose from. The list of supported eSports includes:
For the traditional Vie.bet sportsbook, Vie.bet offers about 20 different sports. These will vary from major league sports to some niche options that have smaller followings. Here are some of the best-supported sports available:
Some niche and novelty types of betting markets are also on offer at Vie.bet. These cover political betting, Gaelic games, entertainment shows, and much more.
The Vie.bet platform is very smartly laid out, allowing you to quickly see each of the available betting features. When you select a given match to look at, you will quickly see each of the available markets. You are able to favorite particular markets that you want to come back to in the future.
You can access all of the relevant statistics for that particular match through a pop-up window. This will showcase everything from their recent results to their head-to-head matchups in recent meetings and noteworthy playing statistics.
Once you decide on a particular bet, you click on the odds and it will get added to the betslip. All you need to do is enter your desired stake. The potential winnings will be showcased and you can then confirm your bet. You will be given the opportunity to cash out your bet before the event has finished. Most popular markets will support this feature. To check the status of your bets and their current cash out values, you simply go to your ‘My Bets’ section.
If you are interested in live betting, you will often get access to a live stream of the particular event. This is possible in a lot of cases even if you haven’t placed a bet on the match. You will also be able to see key statistics from the game and running written commentary if it is not being streamed.
In-play betting is a core aspect of the Vie.bet platform. It usually always has a range of eSports and sports events that are currently taking place. The selection of Vie.bet in-play betting markets is quite impressive and is often a lot broader than what you would find elsewhere.
Many of the major sports will offer you the option of watching a live stream of the event. This is particularly the case for eSports, where streams for most matches are easily accessible. Oftentimes you don’t even need an account to view these streams, you just have to visit the live betting section. If a game does not have a live stream, it will be replaced by a running commentary and graphics for the ongoing match.
The registration process for a Vie.bet couldn’t be much more straightforward. Follow the “Bet Now” link available here and you’ll be brought directly to the Vie.bet set. When we went through the process, it entailed entering our email address, setting a password, choosing our country, preferred currency, and entering any relevant bonus code. We filled out standard personal info like date of birth, home address, and phone number. Finally, we were given the option to set deposit limits and finally, we had to agree to the relevant terms and conditions.
A verification email was then sent to us and after activating the account, we were good to go. Before a withdrawal can be completed, you do need to submit some verification documents. This is just a recent bill for proof of address and a copy of some photo ID. This took only a minute to do and gave us peace of mind that we were dealing with a legitimate operator.
New Zealand players have the option to add funds to Vie.bet by using Visa, MasterCard, AstroPay, Interac, Skrill, and Neteller. We had to deposit at least $20 and our funds reached our Vie.bet account straight away.
You need to use the same method to withdraw funds from your Vie.bet account. Therefore, you will need to get your payout processed through Visa, MasterCard, Skrill, Neteller, Interac, or AstroPay. The minimum withdrawal is $20 and it can take a day or so for Vie.bet to approve the transactions. E-wallet withdrawals process the fastest, normally inside a few hours. Card withdrawals and Interac can take a few business days before the funds hit your respective account.
We were very impressed by the desktop experience on Vie.bet. Everything was laid out in a very methodical manner, squeezing a lot of different options into a relatively small space. However, Vie.bet managed to do so in such a way that it’s not an overwhelming experience trying to navigate around. Everything has its place and the sleek color scheme certainly adds to it.
As soon as you click on a given sport, you can choose what region you want to look at and go from there. You can quickly see the range of betting markets available for a given game. You have useful functions like being able to favorite your preferred betting markets so you don’t have to constantly sift through hundreds of different options. Placing bets couldn’t be easier and the in-play betting offering also works seamlessly in real-time, including the live streams.
The way things are going these days, a lot of the up-and-coming sportsbooks do not have mobile apps. This goes for Vie.bet also. Therefore, your only choice is to place bets through the web browser on your mobile. However, this is not a downgrade as the platform works perfectly well. You can still easily navigate around the offering and find the bets you are looking for. You don’t lose out on any functionality, so mobile bettors will feel right at home when using Vie.bet.
Vie.bet is one of the leaders in the eSports space and it generally is a bit of a trendsetter when it comes to creating competitive betting markets. As the team is well-versed in the space, they don’t have to be as conservative as a lot of other sportsbooks might be when it comes to eSports betting markets. For traditional sports, Vie.bet also appears to have a solid selection of odds, with no particular sport standing out from the rest in this manner.
The FAQ section does a good job of answering any queries that a person might have. Thankfully, the option to use the live chat feature is open to you 24/7. Therefore, you will be able to get most issues resolved no matter what time of the day it might be. If you have a more complex request or question, then writing an email to the team is normally a better option. You can expect a response usually in 24 hours or so.
Vie.bet does not currently have any sort of VIP or loyalty program on offer.
As part of the registration process, we were able to quickly set a daily, weekly, and monthly deposit limit. The operator also has a dedicated page for this topic. It outlines Vie.bet’s policy on the subject, including providing a self-assessment test that can highlight if someone might have an issue with controlling their gambling.
As well as the deposit limits, Vie.bet also offers wagering limits, max bet limits, and session limits. These can all be useful tools for someone to reign in their gambling. A reality check can remind you how long you have been playing, while a time-out allows you to take a short break from Vie.bet. Finally, if you want a longer break from your account, then Vie.bet offers self-exclusion.
Vie.bet is at the forefront of eSports betting and is a no-brainer choice for people who are looking for these types of markets. It also has a strong traditional sportsbook. Odds generally are competitive, you have extensive markets for all events and a great in-play offering. The platform is seamless to use and compatible with most devices. Therefore, Vie.bet is a great option for most bettors.
You need to withdraw at least $20 each time with Vie.bet.
All of the major eSports are covered, as well as 20+ traditional sports. You also have a range of specialty markets, including politics and entertainment-related options.
There is no Vie.bet mobile app currently available. Mobile bettors can access the website through their device’s web browser. This side of the offering performs nicely and smoothly.
Vie.bet has a license with the Malta Gaming Authority, a respected regulator in the space. Its parent company is ESports Entertainment, a company that is listed on the NASDAQ and has relationships with many notable partners.
Vie.bet will take about a day to give your payout the green light. Then e-wallet transactions should be good to go almost straight away. Card withdrawals often require 1-3 business days.
Vie.bet has a license from the Malta Gaming Authority.
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