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What is eSports?
One stadium, tens of thousands of spectators and millions more following the event via live stream. What may sound like a rock concert is the norm in eSports. The duels in video games such as League of Legends or Counter Strike: Global Offensive have become a popular sport, with professional coaches and managers behind every team. Betting on these matches is becoming increasingly popular as well. Here, you can find everything about the eSports scene: A betting guide, info about the games, streams and much more!
eSports – Betting guide
A global phenomenon
eSports is no longer just a small niche in sports: All around the world, teams fight for glory in leagues and tournaments of games with great popular appeal, such as League of Legends and Counter Strike. Tens of thousands of spectators come to the stadiums to experience all the action live and over a million people follow these events via live stream. The eSports stars are pros – they train several hours a day and even stick to diet plans. Even big football teams have their own gamers or teams nowadays. With 20 million US dollars as prize money, the 2016 Dota 2 "The International" tournament even beat the tennis classic Wimbledon. Sponsors and investors are discovering the potential of this rapidly growing market and there is also a growing interest in betting on eSports games. At bet-at-home.com, we are therefore expanding our offer. You can already bet on 13 eSports games and more than 12,000 games per year.
The bet-at-home.com eSports channel
With the comprehensive features of our eSports channel, you are well-prepared for betting on this new trend.
- Events calendar: Who plays when and against whom? We have an overview of the upcoming matches of current tournaments.
- eSports School: Overwatch, Counter Strike and Co. are new to you? Not a problem: We’ve got all the info you need about the games including gameplay, types of bets and betting tips for pros.
- News: Here, you can find the latest news about games, tournaments and promotions.
- Highlights: All relevant info about current tournaments, including match calendar.
- Results: The exact results of all duels for you to check.
- Streams: Follow the ongoing matches with our live streams.
New to betting? Here, you can find all relevant info about betting, odds and types of bets. The bets we offer vary from game to game. For more details, check out our eSports School, where the different games are explained. In addition, there are betting tips for experts waiting there.
What can I bet on?
The classic bet would be a bet on the winner of a duel. However, we offer numerous special bets as well. In League of Legends, for example, you could bet on which team will first kill Baron Nashor or score the first kill. You play Counter Strike? Bet on which team will win the first Pistol Round or whether or not the bomb can be planted. We offer a wide range of bets for each game.
What are odds?
Odds indicate a team’s chances to win and are displayed with two decimal places. We offer odds starting at 1.01 and there is no upper limit. The lower the odds, the more likely the team is to win the duel.
Teams X and Y are competing in League of Legends. Our bookies think Team X are the favourites, the odds are 1.40. A victory of Y is not that likely, so the odds for that team are 4.45.
What is a stake?
A stake is your personal stake on a bet. You decide the amount you would like to stake. The minimum stake at bet-at-home.com is
0.50 EUR. The potential winnings are calculated by multiplying your stake by the odds of the bet you placed.
In the example above, you bet on X to win and stake 10 euros. Your potential winnings are calculated as follows:
1.40 * 10 = 14 euros
What is a combi bet?
Several bets, one stake, high winnings – if you place a combi bet, you bet on the results of several events with just one stake. The potential winnings are high, as the odds of the different events are multiplied by your stake. If one of your tips is wrong, however, the bet is lost.
Let’s say you want to bet on X to win the Dreamhack Open (odds: 2.00), Y to plant the bomb (odds: 1.90) and Z to score the first kill (odds: 1.50). If you stake 10 euros, you could win xy euros:
2.00 * 1.90 * 1.50 * 10 = 57 Euros
Why is live betting so popular?
A classic bet can be placed until the event starts. The odds depend on different indicators, for example the teams’ last results, their current form and their head-2-head record. In live betting, you can bet on who will score the first kill or win the current map during an LoL match. The odds can change depending on how the game is progressing, so extra excitement is guaranteed. And with eSports, things can change rapidly, within just a few seconds. This kind of speed is very rare in other sports.
What are long term bets?
Bets for particular duels of an eSports tournament are only available once the fixtures are known. However, we offer long term bets earlier. That way, you can shorten the waiting period for the next action-packed Major tournament duels by placing bets several weeks before the event starts. Bet on the overall winner of a tournament, the winner of the group stage or on who will finish among the top 3.
What is Cash Out?
Cash Out gives you the chance to sell your single or combi bet early, even if the match has already started. You can also sell live bets during the match. Depending on the current odds, bet-at-home.com offers you a certain amount of money. That way, you can secure your winnings early or minimise your losses. Let’s say you bet on Team X to plant the bomb in CS:GO before the match begins. However, Team Y then manages to quickly kill many opponents. The chances of the terrorists planting the bomb sink drastically. With Cash Out, you can get a part of your stake back. In your bet slip under "My bets", you can check whether or not this option is available for your bet.
Automatically accept all odds changes
eSports is one of the fastest sports. Especially in live betting, odds can change from one second to another. We offer different options to allow you to place your bets quickly and easily. You can activate these options directly in your bet slip. Choose whether you would like to automatically accept all odds changes or only higher odds.