Electronic sports, known more commonly as eSports, have emerged in recent years as a new and exciting betting market, one that is poised to continue growing at a massive rate. With the ongoing surge in popularity and visibility given to these formerly niche ventures, now is as good a time as any for curious punters to explore this dynamic new market.
So what should they be looking for?
While eSports regularly sell out stadiums around the globe and have found increasing mainstream media coverage-including the broadcast of contests on the American television channel ESPN2-not all bookmakers have figured out how to handle them as wagerable sports.
A few list major tournaments as “specials” or create a temporary category for those events. While those are fine options, sites such as William Hill, bet365, and Paddy Power have embraced the burgeoning sport and have permanent eSports sections in their sportsbooks.
For the most part, eSports betting focuses on a few major video games, namely Defense of the Ancients 2 (DotA 2), League of Legends (LOL), Starcraft II (SCII), and Counterstrike: Go (CS:GO). If there is a tournament of any consequence taking place in any of those games, punters are almost certainly able to bet on them, as well as very major tournaments in a few other games such as Hearthstone or Super Smash Bros.
Certain bookmakers, like bet365, pay even more attention than that and give odds on things such as qualifying events and the league competitions that have been created for the games mentioned above.
Finally, punters should be sure to make sure the sportsbook (or eSportsbook, in this case) offers the type of bet they are looking for. The most common bets in the eSports scene are outright and match betting. Outright bets are most often made on teams or individuals that bettors think will emerge ultimately victorious at the end of a tournament or league season, while match bets only focus on the very next game and opponent in front of a player or team.
Bet £5, Get £20 in Free Bets Promo Code: 20FREE 18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
Up to £100 in Bet Credits from bet365 Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Deposit £20 to Receive £20 in Free Bets New Customers Only. Deposit £20 or more to receive a £5 bonus followed by 3x £5 free bets once bonus has been used - Free bets not returned with winnings - Selected marktes only - Free bet must be used at odds of 2.0 (evens) or better (max odds 100) - This promotion is available from 15/10/2018 until 31/12/2018 23:59 - One bonus per customer or household - See full T&C's
100% up to £200 Sports Welcome Bonus New customers, 18+, UK residents only. Deposit and bet from £30 to £200 on any sport market at odds of at least 1.5, and receive a matching bonus of 100% once your bet is settled. You must wager your “BET PLUS BONUS” amount 8 times at odds of at least evens (2.0). Ante-post, each-way, handicap and virtual bets do not qualify for matching bonus or wagering requirements. Only 1 qualifying bet per event counts towards wagering requirements. Deposits made using Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard and Ukash do not qualify. Wagering is with real money first. Bonus can never be withdrawn. T&Cs apply
Bet £20 & Get £40 Welcome Bundle New customers only. Minimum deposit £10. Free bets credited, regardless of first bet outcome (win/loss), once £20+ qualifying sportsbook bet has been placed. Free bet available for use on any market. Horse racing is excluded from offer. Cashed out bets will cancel the offer. First qualifying bet only. Free bet offer will expire after 30 days. £20 Casino bonus credited next working day from first deposit and has 35x wagering requirement. 18+. UK residents only. T&Cs Apply. Begambleaware.org
£20 Risk-Free First Bet New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
50% First Deposit Bonus up to £100 Promo Code: WB10BET New customers | min. deposit £15 (no Skrill / Neteller) | bonus amount is 50% of deposit | 1x deposit turnover (min. odds 3/5) for bonus receipt | 5x deposit and bonus turnover for bonus release | terms apply | 18+ BeGambleAware.org
Get free bonuses, bets, tips and strategy, every week, in your inbox 9500+ punters trust us with their email
DISCLAIMER: Online Wagering is illegal in some Jurisdictions.
It is your responsibility to check your local regulations before
playing online. GDC Trading Ltd takes no responsibility for your
© 2011-2018 GDC Trading Limited. All Rights Reserved. Gambling.com is a registered trademark of GDC Trading Limited.