Esports is taking over the gambling industry: how you can get involved


What started as a niche market, found near the bottom of the most famous online betting sites and apps, have recently changed the industry forever. Esports is taking over betting with wagers placed on the outcome of the most popular games and competitions every day. It may have once been a niche market, but it’s now one of the most bet on tabs, ahead of traditional sports, including golf and UFC.

You can now register for an online betting account with one of the leading sportsbooks and gamble on titles including CS: GO and DOTA 2. Betting on esports has been growing in popularity for many years now. Still, in 2020, when many sports competitions were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak and resulting lockdowns, millions of gamblers took refuge in the reliability of esports.

If you are a lover of all things esports, having your finger on the pulse of the industry and believe you know where things are heading, why not try to profit from that knowledge? In this article, we have enlisted the help of an online betting expert to explain how you can gamble on esports. There’s also a few tricks of the trade that could improve your chances of beating the bookies.

Register for an account

Before you can begin to enjoy the joys of online betting on esports, you must have a registered account with a bookmaker. This is a must. You are free to view the top betting sites and apps without an account, comparing odds and markets, but to wager on the outcome of fixtures, you need an account.

Thankfully, setting up an online betting account is quick and easy. You must complete the process only once and, in future, it’s a simple case of logging in using your username and password to deposit funds, place bets, use promotions, withdraw winners and more. Follow the steps below to create an account and start betting on esports;

  1. Choose the bookmaker you want to bet with and visit their site or app
  2. Click the register button located at the top of the homepage
  3. Fill in your details, including name, date of birth and address
  4. Create a username and password to sign in
  5. Make your first deposit and bet on esports

Most of the leading sportsbooks will offer new players a welcome bonus when joining the site. This often comes in the form of a free bet that can be used on any esports market. To qualify, simply follow the steps above, then place your first bet. The free bet due to you will then be added to your account balance.

How to bet on esports

When choosing one of the leading betting sites and creating an account, you will find a long list of esports fixtures and betting markets. Log in to your account and click the esports tab to see what’s available. The list will be organised by games and then fixtures in time order. Choose the one that catches your eye and click the link to view all available markets.

Some of the betting options open to you include match-winner and the first game-winner.

You can bet on one fixture or winner of a competition outright. You can also add a few selections to your bet slip to create an accumulator. The aim here is to land a huge profit for small stakes. Click the odds of each selection you wish to bet on, then decide the bet you want to make. Add your stake, check the cost and potential winnings, then confirm.

Bets on esports can be placed using the bookies’ website or mobile app. 

Bet pre-match or in-play

Bettors can gamble on esports using their desktop computer or mobile app. Download your bookies’ betting app to Android or iOS devices in seconds and you’ll always have an exciting bet in your pocket. Gamble pre-game or increase your chances of bagging a winner by betting on the in-play markets. 

Most of the original betting options are available through the contest with the odds updated to reflect the score and flow of play. Betting in-play gives you the chance to get a feel for the tactics and skills of both teams before risking your cash.