For those seeking an easy-to-use, safe, and trusted provider for their esports and Overwatch betting needs, then Bet365 esports is something you should definitely consider.
In service since the year 2000, with markets varying from Football to Darts and everything in between. Bet365 is a true pillar in the betting community as their esports section is just a new addition to the ever-growing list of markets on offer to potential bettors.
Our review was initially aimed at the Bet365 esports offering but has since turned into a review of the wholesome betting and gambling experience for the entire platform. Read through the following review to find out if Bet365 is the platform for your betting needs.
A plethora of bonuses up for grabs
During the sign-up process the provider gives a little notice that they will match your bet up to €50 in Bet Credits on top of a potential promotion code. Some terms of course apply to this offer and we all know we should always read the fine print about bonus claims.
Regardless, claiming the bonus is no hassle whatsoever. Do keep in mind that in order to claim the bonus funds you have to bet the amount you deposited before Bet365 releases your bonus. Furthermore, not all bets qualify for clearing your deposit bonus as bets have to be put down on games with at least 1.20 or higher coefficient.
In my case, claiming the bonus took approximately seven days considering I was careful about placing my bets and spread my bet slips over several days. But once all the bets have been settled my bonus was released as advertised.
It is worth mentioning that I did not notice specific esports bonuses or promotions during my betting which was a bummer. Nevertheless, there are ongoing bonuses in several different sports and markets which we shall cover below.
Overall, the general ease in claiming my bonus and straightforward method net Bet365 a solid 8/10.
Betting markets: everything esports and loads more
It was surprising to see such coverage and depth of markets on a “traditional” betting site. The more traditional sports betting providers offer a selection of esports bets but with no real depth of markets or coverage.
The Bet365 esports selection pleasantly surprised me with coverage of both the Overwatch League and Contenders. Additional wide coverage of esports competitions and Overwatch tournaments I wouldn’t normally find elsewhere make me genuinely impressed. Not to mention many tournaments of other major titles such as LoL, CSGO, Dota 2, PUBG, StarCraft and R6.
Added on top is a solid selection of exotic bets, handicap markets and in-game outcome bets to round out the selection.
As usual, not all leagues or competitions feature in-depth betting markets but overall Bet365 does make sure they don’t lag behind other bookmakers in their offer.
Phone, Live Chat, Inbox, Email and even post for any help you seek
When it comes to customer care, the provider ranks amongst the highest in our reviewees selection. Straight out the gate I wanted to inquire about the T&C of my deposit bonus as well as the identity verification. The Live Chat option and subsequently email were responsive and fast acting to resolve any issues I encountered as a newcomer.
Additionally, knowing that Bet365 does not shy away from their customers and offers their mailbox and phone number in case of emergency is a token of care that is seen only with top of the line providers. It is important to note that the FAQ and T&C sections are openly available with most of the information you would ever need.
I just had to have support point me to the bottom of the page in order to find them.
Credit Card, Bank and Cheque in most countries and territories
Payment options are one of the few sections we can fault Bet365 in this review. While UK costumers can rejoice at the availability of Skrill, Paysafecard, Apple Pay and Google Pay. The rest of the world have a somewhat limited selection to only Credit Cards, Wire transfer or Cheque’s. We should mention that bookmakers deposit methods vary greatly between countries and before singing up check the availability of methods in your territory.
Additionally, some payment methods will disqualify you from receiving your bonus offers and cannot be used to withdraw funds. Cryptocurrency options are not yet available either.
Licensed by the Malta Gambling Authority and member of International Betting Integrity Association for a safe betting environment
Being in the industry for almost two decades does go a long way in terms of guaranteeing a safe and secure esports betting environment. Bet365 is licensed by the MGA (Malta Gaming Authority) for fixed odds betting, meaning they uphold a standard for providing a safe, transparent and fair service.
Additionally, Bet365 is a member of the International Betting Integrity Association meaning they pledge to uphold the integrity of competitive events and combat event manipulation. This goes a long way in feeling secure that the markets on offer are fair, safe and without manipulation.
Decent esports odds available at Bet365
Comparing Overwatch odds is a big past time for many serious bettors. When comparing the Bet365 Overwatch and general esports odds, I could note coefficients equivalent or slightly lower than most competitors. The select few times the odds were highest at the provider were usually for the favorites in a selected match. This could potentially be a huge asset for rookie bettors who would like to place “safe” bets on favorites. The exotic markets and in-game outcome selections had generally great odds among all criteria.
As any serious betting provider goes, odds are available in all three formats (Fractional, Decimal, American) to ensure ease of use.
Interface and design: All green and easy to navigate
Bet365 features a very intuitive and easy to navigate site. While the home page might overwhelm newcomers with the amount of information displayed, it is relatively straightforward and the user interface gets familiar quickly. The left side panel proudly features all competitions on offer while the right is reserved for your bet slip. Everything in-between is your area to explore markets, odds and potential bets.
The Bet365 app is available for both Android and Apple and is identical in design and feel to the web page. This in turn providers a smooth transition for users between all platforms.
Overall, this provider is one of the few that still offers one of the more classic designs. It should be especially favorable for users who appreciate the good old bookie look.
Live betting available for most esports competitions
Live betting has come a long way especially when it comes to esports and competitive play. Bet365 features live betting for their entire selection. All esports with Overwatch included are available for live betting. Live streaming is also available as an option as long as you fund your account and if a stream is available. The game-specific live betting markets are available as soon as a match kicks off making Live betting at Bet365 a wholesome experience.
Streamers and streamer betting are the newest hype in esports betting, but are not yet featured with Bet365.
Esports vetting limits higher than competing sites
The limits ceiling at Bet365 varies between sports on offer. Soccer bettors can come out with high winnings from the mainstream competitions. Sadly, esports is not yet as big as soccer in the world of betting and the limits are “only” up to £25,000.
The Esports Limit is still higher than most competitors in our reviews. You can place bets as low as 10 pence a bet slip which is a must take for most casual bettors. Overall, the limit at Bet365 should satisfy the needs for most potential bettors.
Bet365 is a proper multiplatform for your gambling needs
The Bet365 Overwatch selection is great in and of itself. If we add the potential of creating accumulator or system bets combined with other esport titles like Dota 2, LoL or CSGO, we already have a winning betting platform. But let’s not forget Bet365 made their name in the world of traditional sports. From Soccer to Horse Racing to Futsal to Snooker, Bet365 has it all.
If betting altogether becomes too dull or you just need to take a break, Bet365 offers a Live and Online Casino plus a Poker service and even a massive selection of slot machine-like games.
All in all, this platform can offer you a versatile gambling experience like very few others can.
Final thoughts on our Bet365 review
Our Bet365 review of the esports offering has come up generally favorable. Plenty of odds for Overwatch and other esports should provide making outright, system or accumulator bets easy. The depth of markets and versatility in offerings, paired with live streaming and in-play betting options make Bet365 a solid choice for any potential bettor rookie or professional.
Whilst the payment methods are limited to only the standard trio, it is always positive to know the winnings will be paid out thanks to the world class service and official licensing. Finally, the welcome package and ease of claiming the bonus are a welcome addition to this wholesome experience.