Sportsbet.io Esports Review - Cryptocurrency betting done the right way
Sportsbet.io launched globally in 2016, and has grown to be a versatile gambling platform and solid source of entertainment all around. The goal of our review is to assess Sportsbets.io esports offers and check if it is a viable option for punters seeking a different method to bet on esports matches. Being a crypto betting platform carves a niche competitive market for this site, but how it matches up against other esports betting platforms is up for review.
Our Sportsbet.io review takes an in-depth look into the services and features provided, including their esports markets, odds, customer service and safety, among other things. After reading, you will certainly have a much better understanding of the services on offer, enabling you to decide as to whether they are the sportsbook for you. We take the site through the standardized grinder of eight categories to find out how this site matches up to similar esports bookmakers on the market. The result might surprise you, as we found a magnificent platform prepared to take on your next bet.
Interface & Design Sports and Esports under one roof
The Sportsbet.io website is slick, fast and easy to browse for both outright and in-play betting. The dark theme creates a similar feel to many other betting sites, and the functionality will not be unfamiliar to experienced bettors.
Overall, the interface is easy to navigate, but those expecting to have a separate category for esports betting might find some issues in navigation. Our Sportsbet.io review found that the site does not discriminate between traditional sports and esports with odds for both offered under the same roof. This method encourages creating bet slips and accumulators between both sports and esports, but the esports purists might have difficulty navigating the categories to their desired esport.
The Sportsbet.io app is available exclusively on Android, although the provider does state an iOS version is in the works. Obtaining the app is easy and all you have to do is scan a QR code at the main page. In terms of functionality, it ports greatly between PC and Mobile, meaning you wont feel out of place switching between platforms. Furthermore, all functionality between the desktop and mobile version is kept, and praise has to be given for the low resource and RAM consumption for the bang for your buck you are getting from it.
The rating for interface and design will suffer temporarily due to the lack of options for iOS users.
Bonus Offers & Free Bets Promotions and boosters for all users
Sportsbets.io esports bonuses and promotions vary based on title and markets. For each esports title you can select a unique Price Boost promotion that will boost the winnings of a bet slip irregardless if its an outright on accumulator slip. The offer gives you even better value and an opportunity to maximise winnings, on matches with odds not as attractive.
To activate this offer, all you have to do is head over to your account page and select the esport you intend to place a bet on. The offer is not limited to a single esport, so you can use it multiple times for different games if the opportunity arises.
Another notable feature is the Multi Grand Slam offer, offering a bonus on your winnings by 100% if you hit a 20-leg bet slip. You can also obtain a Multi Insurance that will reward you with a Sportbets.io Free Bet if one selection fails. The only catch is that you will have to use matches with x1.50 or greater coefficients in your selection. The Multi insurance function is available for any bet slip with 5 or more selections, and will still result in a Free bet if you miss only one selection.
It’s a refreshing sight to see the Sportsbet.io bonus offer with no hurdles in rollover funds and extensive terms and conditions to claim bonuses.
Payments The most extensive deposit options on the market
In terms of payment options, our Sportsbet.io esports review found a whole range of methods for depositing money into your account. This is a bit surprising in a review for a crytocurrency betting site, but a welcome addition to the review. Credit and debit cards are accepted, and the supported fiat currencies are Euro, Brazilian Real, Indian Rupee and Canadian Dollar. You can use these currencies for betting.
Sportsbet.io crypto deposit options offer a wide array of currencies in their repertoire. You can choose between any of the following cryptocurrencies for your deposit options: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC). Tether (USDT), Tron (TRX), Ripple (XRP), Cardano (ADA) and All Sports (SOC).
The bookmaker also made sure that modern platforms such as Neteller, EcoPayz and Skrill are available, which often ensure for quicker transaction times. All transactions are done with processed without the need for customers to worry about security or their personal information.
For deposits you can use any of the variety of methods mentioned, but withdrawal is only exclusive to cryptocurrencies. You can exchange funds internally between currencies, but in order to pay out your winnings you will have to revive your funds in crypto. Sports.io is a platform catering to esports betting with bitcoin, and encourage you transfer your winnings into your e-wallet and use a third party exchange service if you’d like a fiat currency.
Esports Markets Depth of selection on par with the best
Its all in the name Sportsbet. The depth of offer and markets on this site is on par with the most dedicated esports bookmakers out there. Solid market depth is present for both sports and esports. Exotic markets available for main titles like CSGO, LoL and Dota 2, but more surprisingly a true depth of markets is available for titles like King of Glory and Rainbow 6.
You can enjoy a wide range of betting markets for live esports games and virtual sports as well. Selections for both real and virtual NBA and FIFA games are available. If you are a dabbling eGame bettor you might find this option lucrative.
For standard esports match betting, you can place bets on the standard extensive markets like: winner of each map, total maps played, handicap betting or in-play outcomes. Live betting markets are also available and responsive to a tee, so no need to worry on that front either.
Live Streaming Inconsistent but available
Probably the key weakness we found in our Sportsbet.io esports review is the Live stream functionality on the page. While technically present, the option to stream matches live while in-play betting is a bit of miss.
The functionality is all there, and in-play betting with fancy features is available for traditional sports, yet in esports the site has not figured out how to embed streams properly without them breaking. We complained with the Live Chat people about it, and they did ensure us they are working to fix the issue and are aware of the services breaking. This means, while we currency rank this category lower things might change rapidly, and will adjust our rankings accordingly.
Do keep in mind that the lack of Live Streaming does not interfere with in-play betting and live betting match odds, it only doesn’t work in terms of watching the stream live.
Odds and Limits Good odds, almost no limits
When comparing Sportsbook.io esports odds with those found at a big online betting site, we found equal or better odds in both CS:GO and League of Legends. There is no need for concern that you are getting stiffed out on your predictions, as most markets are similar if not identical with the rest of the competitors.
While the esports odds at Sportsbook.io are on par with competitors, without any special boosts or arbitrage margins. What makes their odds lucrative is the Price Boost offer, that will turn even the unattractive looking odds into payout bangers.
In terms of limit, the minimum amount you can wager with is mBTC 0.01 (BTC 0.00001) or EUR 0.07. Each currency has their own minimum value which roughly translate to the same real world money amount, but you are still encouraged to check the minimum bet amount in your preferred currency. In terms of withdrawals, you are limited to a minimum withdrawal of 1 mBTC or 20 EUR, and no set maximum. In the event of a massive withdrawal request, you can at maximum get 50 BTC per week until the full amount is settled.
The maximum betting limits are set individually for each sport and esport, and these restrictions while quite loose are not clearly defined.
Customer Service Responsive Live Chat and Email Support
With customer service being paramount with all esports bookmakers, how did our Sportsbook.io esports fare compared to the rest?
The site features only Live Chat and Email support with no landline or any phone contact options made available. Vanity services like Discord are also not present. The options that are available are active 24/7 with admirable response times. We inquired about a “problem” via Live Chat and got an operator response within 25 seconds. The responsiveness of the operator to hard requests was within a minute as well, ranking the site among the best in terms of Live Chat responsiveness.
The email option as-per-usual takes a few hours to get a response, but once responded to do tend to pick up the pace and resolve your inquiries quickly. Sportsbook.io also features an extensive FAQ and Help Center option to assist you with anything from Terms & Conditions down to very specific Bitcoin and Crypto information you might need.
Security Top notch securty as expected from a crypto betting site
Sportsbet.io scores in the high end for trust and safety. Licensed by the Government of Curacao, the site scores good in terms of safety. This license however, excludes users from the UK, Netherlands, USA and France as they have their own specific licensing rules.
In terms of security, cryptocurrency betting sites almost always have a the highest markets due to transactions being done via blockchain, making them almost impossible to hack. Their Credit Card and eWallet deposit options go through all the check boxes for PCI DSS compliance.
Two-Factor Authentication via Google Authenticator is also available to secure your account.
Conclusion Top notch securty as expected from a crypto betting site
Sportsbet.io has put together an esports betting service on par with the most dedicated esports betting sites. In terms of functionality, odds and market selection they are as good as any other provider on the market.
The key strong points are the extremely diverse payment method options and fast response customer support. In terms of bonuses, they don’t offer massive match-up or sign-up bonuses, but the Price Boost options more then makes up for it.
Negatives encountered in this Sportsbet.io esports review include the lack of iOS support and a fairly substandard Live Streaming option.