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Guide to Esports Betting



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As long as you’re doing it on a legal and safe site, absolutely. This means that esports wagering is allowed in the United Kingdom since the UKGC, the regulating organisation for the gambling sector in the country, has included esports in its larger scope of sports wagering jurisdiction.

However, in the United Kingdom, it is unlawful to employ a foreign operator to place bets on esports because of the restrictions. As a result, if you want to wager on esports lawfully from the United Kingdom, you need to use a service licensed by the UK Gambling Commission.


The term “esports betting” relates to wagering on professional/competitive gaming. Since its beginnings as a rather obscure form of wagering a few years ago, it has grown swiftly and is now covered by the UKGC’s rules on sports wagering. The outcome is that several of the largest wagering companies in the UK, now offer it as an option in their online bookmakers. Several esports-specific wagering sites are also available.

CS:GO, Dota 2, and League of Legends are among the most popular esports games to wager on. To some, the first esports wagering game is Valve’s CS:GO, which has been credited with sparking the emergence of skin gambling. You may also wager on sports-based esports, such as Fifa, Madden, and NBA2K, which are popular with regular gamers.

Thankfully today there are many sites to bet on your favourite Esport Teams/players. But with so many options available things can get tricky when looking for the right for you. There are many things to consider when choosing a site. We always recommend players looking to wager, first take time to search the best sites for 2022 Esport betting and look at trusted and reliable sources of information. This is the easiest way to guarantee a hassle-free gaming experience.


If you look at the online sportsbook sector in the United Kingdom, esports wagering is a little more supervised and advanced than it is when compared to some other nations.

5 key strategies in our beginners’ esports betting guide

We’ll begin our esports wagering tutorial with a few easy-to-follow ideas. When it comes to esports wagering, there are many professional tactics that you may apply, but only by mastering the basics will you be able to jump from beginner to professional.

1. Make use of promo codes

There are plenty of beginners guides to esports wagering which offer a load of quick and simple methods for putting it into practice. Promo codes may be used for a variety of purposes, and there are several methods to do so. When we talk about discount codes, sports betting is often the first thing that springs to mind. Furthermore, this truth cannot be disputed. Promo codes may be used in a variety of other contexts than gambling, though. It’s possible to make use of these codes in a number of various ways. And, of course, sports betting is only one of many. Those who would like to learn more about promo codes could have a look at the detailed guide on how to redeem code in 4 steps, according to experts at Safebettingsites, so you will learn everything you need to know about claiming and making the most of these promo codes. Now that we’ve brought up promo codes, it’s time to explain their significance. Using the promo codes correctly will also be covered.

2. Focus on the game you know best

A wide variety of esports is available​ nowadays​. Plenty of alternatives exist for placing your wagers, from combat arenas like League of Legends to first-person shooters like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Despite the fact that new games like Fortnite and Apex Legends are released each year, we advocate just wagering on video games that you are familiar with.

If you’ve been playing Overwatch for a while, you should have a good idea of what’s going to occur when the game starts. It’s impossible to predict which wager will offer you the highest possibility of victory unless you grasp every rule in a game as detailed as League of Legends. As a result, our esports wagering guide recommends that you only wager on esport​s​ games that you are familiar with.

3. Follow your favourite esports teams

When betting on esports like football, you want to bet on the greatest teams, like FazeClan, to win your wagers. If you don’t know the history of the esports team you’re wagering on, how can you tell if the betting website is providing you fair odds?

Since the competitive environment has settled down in recent years, a select few teams are more likely to come out on top. Legendary teams like Astralis, Fnatic, SK Telecom T1, Cloud9, and Faze Clan have been established as generally consistent teams that offer safe wagering alternatives. Esports wagering, on the other hand, is famously volatile.

4. Get to know the key esports players

However, it is critical to know a few of the professional gamers in CS:GO, LoL, and Overwatch. Players like Lee ‘Faker,’ Sang-hyeok, and Marcelo ‘coldzera,’ David, have won games for their teams in the last several years thanks to their legendary skills.

This means that keeping tabs on the activities of these players might be worthwhile if you want to know whenever they are likely to assist you to win a wager. It’s also vital to recognize when to avoid betting on a top athlete who is having a negative run of results.

5. Take advantage of live esports betting

It is usually a good idea to start off by placing small pre-match​​ esports wagers. You may have a lot of fun with some live esports wagering when you’re more confident. After a game has started, you can take full advantage of any disparities between both the live odds as well as the actual match.

Finding an esports betting website with a free live streaming service like Twitch is the easiest way to achieve this. You may be able to place your wagers before the betting website would have had a chance of changing the odds. This strategy may need both ability and persistence, but the rewards can be substantial.

6. Set your betting budget and stick to it

All experienced bettors understand the importance of establishing a realistic wagering budget. The reason for this is so that they don’t get sucked into the temptation of making a rash wager in the heat of the moment and end up losing.

When it comes to esports, such a strategy is even more crucial because the games may be so unexpected that it’s possible to lose your wagers from time to time. In the long run, though, you should really be able to withstand the occasional loss by properly budgeting your bets.


IESF puts out call for nominations for IESF Athletes’ Committee



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For five years Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) had one of its athletes on IESF’s Athletes’ Commission.

With the IESF launching its Athletes’ Commission in the Hilton Hotel in Shangai in 2016, the Athlestes’ Commission was instrumental in ensuring the rights and interests of athletes were always tacken into account at IESF’s Board.

The first chairman of the Athletes’ Commission, as elected in 2016, was none other than Koen Schobbers. At the same election, Jason Batzofin, who was a learner at St John’s College, was elected on the committee and served with distinction.

In 2019 Jason Batzofin was elected as chairman and continued to serve with distinction until, due to unforseen circumstances, felt the need to resign. Upon Jason’s resignation, Tiffini Lim was appointed as Chairlady by IESF’s Board.

To stand for this important committee, National Federation’s Athletes Representative shall satisfy at least two of the points below:

a) Shall have experience as an esports athlete;

b) Shall have experience in esports;

c) Have worked with their National Federation in the past three (3) years;

d) Have represented their Member nation at an IESF-accredited event

It must be noted that no nation may have more than one representative in the Athletes Committee.

Key Information:

• Registration Opens: 27 November 2022
• Registration Closes: 6 December 2022 (15:00 Bali Time)
• Voting Begins: 7 December 2022 (15:00 Bali Time)
• Voting Closes: 10 December 2022 (15:00 Bali Time)

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Challengermode launches in-game tournaments with The Battle of Polytopia, ushering in a new era for esports & competitive gaming



Challengermode launches in-game tournaments with The Battle of Polytopia, ushering in a new era for esports & competitive gaming
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Global esports platform Challengermode has signed an exclusive 5 year deal with developers of turn-based civilization strategy game The Battle of Polytopia, Midjiwan, to development of the game’s competitive esports scene.

This partnership is a huge step forward in Challengermode’s mission to directly support game developers in realizing their games’ esports ambitions, proving just how easy it is for players to make the jump from casual multiplayer to grassroots competitive gaming – and for 3rd party esports organizers to host easily accessible competitions in-game.

Challengermode will provide Midjiwan with its esports expertise and automated tournament technology to guide the development of The Battle of Polytopia for competitive audiences worldwide across Steam, iOS and Android. Players will be able to browse, play and see the results of tournaments from within the Polytopia game app itself without having to leave the game client or use any external 3rd party esports mechanisms. The aim is to create a robust esports community for The Battle of Polytopia where grassroots players can compete seamlessly in an organized setting for real prizes.

Robel Efrem, CEO and founder of Challengermode said: “We couldn’t be more excited to be helping Midjiwan expand the competitive gaming side of The Battle of Polytopia. I’ve been a big fan of the game for years, so having the opportunity to assist with the creation of its nascent esports scene is a dream come true. It’s also an excellent opportunity for Challengermode to demonstrate benefits of game developers working directly with companies in the esports space to rapidly scale up their own competitive gaming operations, making their games better integrated and more accessible to esports hopefuls of all levels. With the sustained growth of the grassroots esports sector, we fully expect more game developers to add competitive modes such as tournaments, leagues and ladders alongside their classic multiplayer modes in the near future.”

Integrating with the Challengermode Game Integration API opens up possibilities for Midjiwan to develop other valuable additions for the competitive community in Polytopia, including “Live Games” – a play clock game mode where players have a bit more than 1 minute from the start of their turn to make their moves. Players will also be able to access replays of matches, meaning all multiplayer games they complete can be saved, rewatched and shared as much as they like.

Christian Lovstedt, General Manager at Midjiwan, adds that: “Challengermode’s dedication at the grassroots level esports players made them the perfect partner to work with in building out our competitive gaming scene for The Battle for Polytopia. As a developer, it was important to us to integrate the esports aspects of Polytopia with the main game itself, removing the barrier that usually exists between casual multiplayer and the competitive play that players can enjoy at a more professional level. We welcome Challengermode’s esports expertise in bringing the competitive side of The Battle for Polytopia to a wider audience than ever before, and look forward to working closely with them in this endeavour.”

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Compliance Updates

SIS awarded ESIC Gold Standards accreditation for Competitive Gaming offering



SIS awarded ESIC Gold Standards accreditation for Competitive Gaming offering
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Endorsement marks out supplier as only esports betting events provider to officially meet new integrity measures

SIS (Sports Information Services), the leading multi-channel supplier of 24/7 live betting services, has been awarded the Esports Integrity Commission’s (ESIC) Gold Standards, the highest possible accreditation from the industry association.

The award sees SIS become the first esports betting events supplier to meet ESIC’s stringent new criteria, created to set unmatched levels of integrity and safety in the esports betting industry, for its Competitive Gaming portfolio (Esoccer, Ebasketball and CS:GO).

The purpose of the ESIC Gold Standard is to build on its existing principles by setting out a list of standards for tournament organisers, ensuring that events are run to the highest level of integrity and safety for the benefit of all stakeholders.

With stringent integrity measures in place, SIS Competitive Gaming follows best practice outlined by ESIC in addition to strict operational measures in place to ensure that each event is fair.

Each SIS Competitive Gaming head-to-head match, all of which take place from within SIS’ UK-based self-contained studios, is streamed live with experienced casters providing live in-game commentary. The streams take place through a secure platform that is exclusive to licensed operator sites where the age of the audience has been verified and is not available on open streaming services, meaning there is less danger of toxic messaging of the sort that is often carried on unlicensed sites.

All events are overseen by a dedicated ESIC-trained integrity referee and have a real-time link to SIS’ expert trading team, which closely monitors betting activity. Rigorous gamer competitiveness and predictability tracking measures are in place, through supremacy and volatility reporting, with all events taking place in a jurisdiction with well-respected legal and employment rights.

The new ESIC Gold Standards have been created to elevate transparency and impartiality, and required SIS to meet a number of rigorous requirements across the board, including:

  • No communication devices allowed anywhere in the gaming studios
  • Minimum of three employed personnel (independent from gamers) watching every event
  • Controlled fixed game settings to ensure fair and competitive play
  • Employees are fully background checked for criminal records, with references taken
  • Ensure all gamers are of sufficient skills and expertise to compete against other pro gamers.
  • ESIC anti-corruption code to be signed by all staff and gamers

SIS continues to work with ESIC to evolve the Gold Standards to improve Integrity and the visibility of clear tangible rules and standards by which tournament organisers should run events.

Adam Conway, Head of Esports & Competitive Gaming at SIS, said: “We are extremely proud to have received this new accreditation, which shines a light on the very high integrity and safety standards we have always put at the core of our Competitive Gaming offering.

“Our operator partners and their customers appreciate our high levels of integrity, such as visible referees invigilating every game, making us the only esports betting events supplier to do so.”

Ian Smith, Commissioner at Esports Integrity Commission, said: “ESIC’s new Gold Standards set heightened levels of integrity and safety in the Esports industry for the benefit of all stakeholders, and through ongoing assessment of SIS’ Competitive Gaming operations, which meet all the key integrity requirements, we are delighted to award SIS with ESIC’s Gold Standards, our highest possible accreditation”.

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