Esports betting has grown massively in popularity in recent years, and established bookmakers have been scrambling to provide a complete betting service to eSports betting fans. Betsafe, as one of Europe’s best-known betting companies, has naturally tried to meet this demand.
In this exclusive 2019 Betsafe review, we will be taking a closer look at the Betsafe site to see how effectively it meets the needs of eSports betting fans. We will be digging deep into the site to get the complete picture on the areas that matter to you, from the range of eSports games covered to licensing and security and the quality of the site’s mobile platform and bonuses.
- Min. Deposit: €10
- Odds: 85%
- Licenses: MGA, UKGC, Spelinsoektionen
- Live chat
- Live betting
- 24/7 support
- Mobile app
- No VIP program
Help & Support
Easy Registration with Betsafe
When you join a new sports betting site, you don’t want a lot of hassle when it comes to registration, so it is good to see that Betsafe have come up with an intuitive, quick sign up method.
To get started, you can choose the green Create Account button at the top right of the home page, which will launch an online form. This form is a one-page sign-up interface, into which you input your name, address, email address, date of birth, preferred username and password, tick the box to show that you are over 18 and then click on Create Account to get started.
Betsafe is an established European operator, which means they follow strict standards when it comes to verification. You may find that they will ask you to prove your identity by uploading a copy of an appropriate document such as a passport or driving licence. This process is usually handled quickly, and you should find that it is only of minimal inconvenience.
Limited Choice of Esports Games
The dramatic growth of eSports over the last few years has meant that incumbent sportsbooks have been challenged to update their selection of sports. Many sites like Betsafe have added a new category to their list of sports betting options.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the variety of games available, Betsafe is disappointing. They offer the most popular games, so you should have no difficulty finding markets for most CS:GO, or Dota2 tournaments, and they do fairly well with League of Legends.
But they offer virtually no coverage of other games. In fact, the only additional titles they cover are World of Tanks and Heroes of the Storm, making five in total. This may meet the needs of casual eSports fans, but for those who want to be able to bet on a wide variety of games, the Betsafe eSports section is a disappointment.
Little Market Depth with Betsafe
The range of available sports is only one part of the picture. A site might not offer a wide range of sports, but they can still be popular with eSports fans if they can provide plenty of markets on those sports that they cover. Unfortunately, Betsafe aren’t strong performers in this category.
Even for high profile sports, Betsafe don’t provide much market depth. For example, a typical CS:GO match might offer no more than six markets, while League of Legends, and Heroes of the Storm betting is largely confined to Match Winner or Tournament Winner. If you want to bet outside the traditional markets on your favourite eSports, Betsafe isn’t the site for you.
Betsafe do better when it comes to their odds. As with any form of betting, getting the best price on your bet can make a huge difference, so we were pleasantly surprised to find that Betsafe provide good odds. They are mostly in line with the industry average, but here and there we found that they offered better odds than many of their competitors, although on a smaller range of markets.
Limited Live Esports Betting
Live betting has been a major growth area for the modern sports betting industry, and eSports is particularly well-suited to the in-play approach, as it is the most cutting edge of sports to bet on.
Given their poverty of market range, it is not a surprise to find that Betsafe don’t have many live betting markets for eSports, even for CS:GO and Dota2, so you will rarely be able to bet outside the traditional match winner, map winner or correct sport markets.
This is a disappointment for fans of live eSports betting. On the plus side, the Betsafe site does make it possible to quickly navigate to the live betting market of your choice. In-play markets are usually displayed in the centre of the home page, but you can also access the eSports section via the list of sports on the left-hand side of the page, or by clicking on the in-play icon.
We were also pleased to see that Betsafe offer some live streaming of their eSports betting events, though not for every event, so live streaming on the site should be regarded as an occasional extra rather than a facility that you can rely on.
Efficient Mobile Betting
Betting on the go has been a big growth sector for the sports betting world in the last few years, as mobile science has evolved so quickly that many of us opt to use our mobile devices for the internet.
In the old days of the online sportsbook world, betting firms had to offer special mobile apps for customers to load onto their mobile devices. Some betting fans felt these were handy to use and some still find them more convenient to bet through.
That is the option that Betsafe have gone with. They provide apps for both the iOS and Android operating systems. There is a link on their site to direct you to the right page to download the apps. We are pleased to say that the apps run smoothly, giving you access to the whole range of eSports markets as well as giving you the total Betsafe service, including account facilities and live betting.
Respectably Licensed Esports Site
Checking out a new eSports betting platform for the first time, it is important to know that the site is properly licensed and reliable as an operator.
The good news for eSports fans planning to bet with Betsafe is that the site is licensed by three of the most respected jurisdictions in the betting world. They hold licenses with the UK Gambling Commission, the Malta Gaming Authority and Spelinspektionen of Sweden. This means that they are required to ensure the highest standards of data protection and financial probity, which should serve as reassurance to those eSports betting fans looking for a safe site to use.
Solid Betsafe Payment Service
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|Payment Methods:||Visa, Skrill, Paysafecard, PayPal, Citadel|
As a punter, you want to able to make deposits and get withdrawals handled as efficiently as possible, without any unwanted hassle or delays.
One part of that process can be enhanced by offering a variety of payment methods, and Betsafe do a good job in this regard, offering a total of seven deposit methods: Visa, Mastercard, NETELLER, Skrill, paysafecard, PayPal, Citadel.
You will find that deposits go through quickly, whichever method you use, although e-wallet options, which go through in a matter of seconds, are the fastest. There is also a €10 minimum deposit, which is bigger than you will find with some sites, but not a significant issue for most punters.
When it comes to withdrawals, Betsafe seem to offer an efficient withdrawal platform. E-wallet options are processed in 24 hours, and card transactions come through in between three to five days, which is line with the industry average.
There is a minimum withdrawal figure of €20 with most methods, which is higher than we feel it’s necessary, although PayPal withdrawals only have a minimum of €10 withdrawal.
Grab a €25 Euro Welcome Bonus at Betsafe
Welcome bonuses are a popular way for sports betting operators to attract new players to their site and Betsafe have a solid welcome bonus offer for new customers.
When you register a new account with Betsafe, you will be able to claim a 100% deposit match bonus up to a total of €25. As soon as you open your account and make a deposit, that deposit will be matched by Betsafe, up to €25, and they will also throw in €10 free bet.
There are terms and conditions attached to the offer. All winnings, as well as the original bonus amount have to be wagered five times at odds of 1.5 or higher. The bonuses also have to be used within 30 days of being credited to your account. But overall, we consider this to be one of the best betting welcome bonuses on the market and a great way to start your eSports betting with Betsafe.
Simple and User-Friendly Platform
In the dynamic eSports betting sector, the ability to navigate quickly to the market of your choice can be vital, and it is pleasing to see that Betsafe have designed a site that is user-friendly.
The Betsafe interface will look familiar to those who have visited sports betting sites before, but they have enhanced the basic design with an intuitive layout that makes it easy to find the market you are looking for, either in the centre of the home page or via the list of sports on the left-hand side.
Esports fans will find that there are multiple options under the eSports category heading, enabling you to choose which sport and event to look at, on both the sportsbook and in-play pages.
High Quality Betsafe Customer Service
The ability to contact effective and helpful customer support in the event of a problem or query is often overlooked but is an important consideration when choosing a sportsbook site.
As an established name in the betting world, Betsafe have drawn on their experience of the European industry to design an impressive, modern customer service interface. Clicking on the red Help Centre option at the bottom of the page opens a page that gives you links to all the customer support options in one place. This includes one of the most impressive FAQ sections we have seen, as well as live chat, email and call-back options, and the support service is staffed on a 24/7 basis.
Does the site offer betting on CS:GO?
- Yes. There are markets on CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends.
What about live streaming?
- There is live streaming but only on selected events and markets.
Is the site fully licensed?
- Yes. Betsafe holds licences with Sweden, the UK and Malta.
A Modern Sportsbook with Limited Esports Options
There is a lot to like about the Betsafe site. It is well designed, easy to use, offers an array of sports betting options, slick mobile apps, a professional customer support department and a solid, reliable banking system that will meet the needs of most sports betting fans.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t fully embraced eSports betting. While there is reasonable coverage of the more popular sports, there is a lack of depth when it comes to markets and no coverage of the lesser sports. For this reason, we must conclude that Betsafe will only be of limited interest to eSports betting fans.