Sky Bet is one of the most well-known betting companies in the UK, thanks to its origins in popular broadcaster and media giant Sky. The company has been around since 2001, and has offered esports betting since 2015. With Sky Sports’s recent experience in esports broadcasting, Sky Bet should be well-poised to make the most of its connections and develop its esports offerings to bettors in the future. Now, let’s take a look at how they’re doing right now. Show more.
Sky Bet supports six esports titles, including the big three (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Dota 2) plus StarCraft II, Hearthstone and Call of Duty. From the main page, you can find the ‘ESports’ section easily on the left-side menu. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to filter by game, only by competition, so you’ll have to do a little extra mouse work to view each option for a particular title.
In-play betting is offered prominently, although no live stream is shown – an area in which smaller, more recently developed esports betting sites (like GG.BET) excel.
It’s possible to pick match winners, map winners, and proposition bets are offered too. You can choose who will take the first blood, the first to slay Roshan in Dota 2, or the first pistol round winner in CS:GO. Over/under and handicap betting is also provided.
As usual, the betting lines differ, oftentimes drastically, between different leagues. Be sure to look around if you’re not seeing your desired betting options right away.
Withdrawals are offered promptly for most delivery methods. E-wallets remain the speed kings with listed withdrawal times of 12 to 24 hours, while credit cards, debit cards and bank transfers can take up to five days.
Sky Bet is backed by the UK Gaming Commission inside the UK, and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission for customers outside the country. The company has been operating since 2001 and is backed by one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, so it seems quite unlikely that the operation will fold or fail to pay out any time soon.
Sky Bet offers a comprehensive support system, befitting a company of its longevity, size and reputation. The company offers a series of FAQs as the first stage, backed with all three support options: a phone line (0330 024 4777), a live chat service and email ([email protected]). Response times are relatively low, and the company has a good reputation for service in most customer forums. You can certainly count support as a strong point of Sky Bet’s esports offering! Show less.
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