Where to Bet on Esports in the UK
Esports betting is growing at an amazing rate, with the UK one of the key markets.
As sports betting is such an important UK industry it should not come as a surprise that people are now taking to Esports betting in a big way.
Video game competitions have been running for close to 50 years, but it is only relatively recently that Esports has really come into its own.
Of course, the rapid rise of the internet has had a big impact here, with streaming sites such as Twitch allowing people tune in to watch professional gamers face off.
Games played in major Esports competitions include Dota 2, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft 2.
But if you want to have a bet on one of the many Esports events springing up, how do you do it?
Betting on Esports in the UK - the basics
Anyone with any experience of betting on sport at all will find Esports gambling much the same.
Once you have decided what you want to bet on, it is a case of selecting your chosen market, deciding how much you would like to stake on the wager, then placing the bet.
At first it might seem a little bit strange to be betting on the outcome of a video game, but those who bet on Esports tend to find that this feeling does not last for long at all.
The number of betting markets for Esports is in the UK is growing all the time. Not so long ago it was almost impossible to place a bet on even the world’s most popular Esports tournaments.
But the first thing you will need to do is to find a bookmaker that offers odds on Esports.
UK bookmakers taking bets on Esports markets
The good news here is that bookies in the UK are becoming increasingly switched on regarding Esports and it is now relatively easy to find odds on a wide variety of events and competitions.
Browse your chosen bookmaker website and the chances are that they will have a section devoted to betting on Esports. After all, research has suggested there are over 3.3 million esports fans in the UK, so there is a large market to aim at.
While Esports gambling is not yet anywhere near the level of something like betting on football in the UK, its popularity is rising all the time.
League of Legends, Hearthstone and Overwatch tournaments are among the Esports events available to bet on and they run at all times of the year as well.
As more Esports events start to be televised, it seems certain Esports betting in the UK will start to rise fast, with those bookmakers not spotting the trend set to be left behind by rivals.
Esports betting promotions are currently thin on the ground but it feels like it will be a matter of time until bookmakers start to offer these in a bid to attract new users and younger customers.
One of the most exciting things about the rise of Esports for the gambling industry is it is an 18-30 crowd who tend to be the most involved.
These individuals may not be tempted to bet on traditional sports such as cricket and tennis, but if they begin to place wagers on Esports they could soon be attracted to other markets.
Esports in the UK - what games are available to bet on?
League of Legends might just be the biggest Esport around – and this is the case when it comes to betting as well.
For those who have never heard of League of Legends – often abbreviated to LoL for short – it is a multiplayer online battle arena game that is free to play, with millions of players taking part.
LoL may be the top Esport right now but its place on the throne is under threat from another type of multiplayer online battle arena game – Dota 2.
Shooters are also pretty popular among Esports fanatics, with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at the top of the tree in this area.
Sporty Esports are on the rise as well, with Rocket League one of those making a lot of waves here, along with a more traditional gaming powerhouse such as the FIFA football series.
Card game Hearthstone has a strong following in Esports circles too, along with real-time strategy game StarCraft 2.
With so many different options, betting on Esports can be a tricky ask, so it is recommended to focus on one game in particular that piques your interest and learn everything you can about it.
After all, if your interest is in basketball it would not make a lot of sense to start placing bets on a totally different sport such as baseball.
Esports in the UK - markets available to bet on
Deciding what market to have a bet on depends, firstly, on which Esport you have selected.
Let’s take Rocket League as an example. You can, of course, bet on the winner of a big match, or on which Esports team is going to claim glory in a particular championship.
But the depth of markets for each match is lacking compared to a sport such as football, which will be immediately noticeable for those who are betting on Esports for the first time.
This will surely change as interest in Esports in the UK – especially betting on Esports – continues to expand at a very fast pace.
For now, though, some betting fans may be disappointed with the small range of markets there are on offer, even with those bookmakers who seem to have embraced Esports in a big way.
There is some good news in this area though, as UK bookmakers also offer a range of in-play Esports betting options too, so look out for those.
While Esports betting in the UK is still really in its infancy, it has huge potential and looks set to grow quickly, so those who get involved now could build themselves up a big advantage.