eSports Betting - The Ultimate Beginner's Guide (2019 Update)

eSports Betting Beginner's Guide

In this article we explain all you need to know about eSports betting including what eSports betting is, where you can bet on eSports, available eSports betting markets, where you can watch eSports and more.

eSports Betting Beginner’s Guide

To some, it may be a completely new dimension within gambling, however eSports betting is becoming increasingly popular with analysts estimating that over 15 million people and $23billion will be wagered on eSports by 2020.

Where there’s competition, there’s bookmakers – and with the kind of projected figures mentioned above, it’s easy to see why more and more bookmakers wanting a piece of the pie are entering the eSports betting world.

What Are eSports?

eSports (also known as electronic sports) is a form of competitive video gaming that involves professional teams or individuals who compete against each other in a league or tournament setting either online or within a local area network (LAN).

eSports Bookmakers

The table below features bookmakers that currently offer eSports markets along with their current sign-up bonus. We’ve also put together a list of the best eSports sites if you’re looking for extra guidance.

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eSports Games

The term eSports comprises of a wide range of games and genres. Deciding which game you want to bet on can be crucial for success. Bear in mind the following:

  • What genres do you enjoy?
  • Which games (if any) do you play?
  • Which games (if any) are you most knowledgeable about?

eSports Betting Markets

There are a range of eSports betting markets available and the number will only increase. Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular markets that people bet on along with what the markets mean.

  • Match Winner 2-Way – Who will win.
  • Match Handicap – The alleged superior team will be given an appropriate handicap to level the playing field. For example, if you bet on Team X with a handicap of -1 goal, they must win by more than one goal to cover their handicap and win you your bet.
  • Totals – The number of specified events (goals/kills/rounds etc) in a game being over or under a given figure set by the bookmaker.

Placing a bet on an eSport market follows the exact same process as any other market. For more on this you can read our ultimate guide on how to place a bet online.

eSports Betting Odds

In simple terms, betting odds reflect the probability of a given outcome happening. There are various formats odds can be displayed in. Fully understanding betting odds and what they mean is extremely important in not only calculating ho likely something is to occue, but also in recognising value.

6 Factors To Consider When Betting On eSports

Below we’ve listed 6 things you should consider when betting on eSports. For a more detailed analysis you can read our eSports Tips & Advice article .

  1. Know the teams and players competing.
  2. Know the maps and formats.
  3. Stay on top of the latest strategies and tactics.
  4. Find value.
  5. Shop around for the best odds.
  6. Track your results.

Where Can I Watch eSports?

One of the main reasons for eSports’ popularity is the ease of which you can watch the action with platforms such as YouTube and Twitch regularly live streaming events and tournaments.

Where To Watch eSports


If you’re reading this then hopefully by now you’ll have a much clearer idea of what eSports betting is as well as what bookmakers allow you to bet on eSports and how the most popular markets work. eSports looks set to continue to grow so expect to see more and more coverage surrounding the new craze.