More than ever, there are a range of legal sports betting bonuses and offers available if you want to maximise your chances of winning. In the context of eSports betting, we particularly recommend the following promotions:
Sports betting site welcome bonuses, otherwise known as first bet refunded if you lose. It’s quite simple, all sports betting sites offer players a first bet refund (from 50 to 150 dollars!) to players who have not yet had an account on their site. It would be a shame not to take advantage of this when betting on eSports or any other sporting discipline.
Boosted odds: even if boosted odds (odds improvements) might not be as common with eSports as with more popular sporting events (football, NBA, etc.), there is no doubt that many bookmakers will offer boosts on the biggest eSports matches, or the teams they sponsor. (Winamax has sponsored several teams/players since 2016 for example)
Cashout options: the cashout allows you to sell your eSport bets whenever you want and…this is good timing! More than ever, this type of option is perfect for sports events that you can watch live and almost all eSports matches are broadcast live on bookmakers. So you can easily sense if any bets are slipping away, and therefore minimise your potential losses with the cashout option.
What are the most popular games in eSports
Although games like Fortnite, Rocket League, PUBG, Overwatch, Starcraft II and many others are also available on sports betting sites offering eSports, it is above all the following three games that are most popular for professional eSports competitions:
Counter-Strike Global Offensive
Counter-Strike has been available online for more than 20 years and has dominated the world of multiplayer FPS. If there is one game that almost all of our readers will have played once in their lives, it is this one. The latest version of this legendary title, released in 2012, is the one with the most eSports competitions in Europe and you can still find plenty of games to bet on from the likes of Team Vitality, Astralis, Fnatic or the French-Slavs of G2 Esports.
Less easy to understand than CS:GO (like League of Legends), Dota 2 is THE video game with the potential to turn heads. Just imagine: by winning the 2019 International, the French/German/Danish OG team won a whopping… $15 million! Over a single tournament! With figures like that, it’s not surprising that all the bookmakers around the world offer you a huge range of bets on this legendary MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). The sports betting sites licensed will be no exception.
League of Legends
Without going into too much detail, LoL is the other MOBA game (many of the developers of this game were among the creators of DotA) that has been a huge success in eSports, especially in Asia. And with more than 40 million simultaneous viewers for the League of Legends World Championship 2019, this video game from Riot Games is the most successful live broadcast in history. It goes without saying that French bookmakers will offer many bets on League of Legends, which you could place on SK Gaming, Rogue, Team Vitality or Misfits Gaming, four of the best European teams featuring French players like Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié or Duncan “Skeanz” Marquet.