Who’s Best for eSports betting: Betway or Unikrn?
The world of eSports is really heating up. When it comes to betting on the action, which is better? A traditional bookmakers or an eSports specialist?
Our review of Betway vs. Unikrn will help you choose the best operator.
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|Our verdict:||Interesting option for gaming fans.||A great all-round bookmaker.|
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Note: Unikrn are a dedicated eSports bookmakers, which means for the purposes of this comparison we will focus solely on that market. Football fan? Check out our review of the best football bookmakers.
Welcome bonus: Betway
New users to Betway get a £30 free bet which can be used on eSports, or across the normal sportsbook. This gives punters free money and a large choice, which is jolly good of them.
For those making a new account with Unikrn, I have some bad news. They are not currently running any promotions. Be sure to keep checking back: as they grow in popularity something will surely materialise.
Range of Markets: Betway
Both operators offer the standard range of eSports favourites, like League of Legends, CS:GO and DOTA2, however they also offer less popular games like Heroes of the Storm and are two of the best bookies when it comes to a range of markets.
Unikrn offers punters markets on Smite, while Betway has World of Tanks and Hearthstone.
Despite not offering Smite, the 6 games that are available on Betway mean it just edges out Unikrn.
Range & Quality of Odds: Betway
Unikrn offer marginally better odds on the winner, whereas Betway pay out more if the outsider triumphs. This is the same across all their individual game markets, and is likely because larger bookies can afford to pay out more on outsider betting.
While there is not much to tell the two operators apart when it comes to quality of odds, Betway is far superior when it comes to the range of odds. Offering map markets, overall winner, correct scores, handicap and double chance they have one of the most extensive eSports betting options.
Unikrn betting is often restricted to simply picking the winning team.
When comparing mobile apps the difference between a standard and specialist operator is most distinct.
Unikrn’s app has much more of a games feel, with daily trivia questions, where correct answers earn you Unikoins, the special currency adopted by the operator. Users can also use the app to wager on upcoming matches.
The Betway app operates much more like a standard mobile gaming app, with a sportsbook, and of course, the full eSports market. However for gaming fans it lacks the special features that Unikrn provides.
Both apps are available for Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded through the Apple store, Amazon, or directly from the operators website.
Special Features: Unikrn
Unikrn’s specialist nature helps it to excel when it comes to special features. With their unique currency, users can win prizes and purchase items from the marketplace.
Unikrn’s marketplace is packed full of great gaming gear, from headsets to top-end PCs. The downside is that real-money cannot be used.
Another advantage the specialist operator offers is the gaming community, allowing users to share betting tips with fellow fans and immerse themselves in a community of like minded individuals.
Betway offer many special features that would appeal to traditional punters, however their dedicated eSports options are non-existent.
Editors Pick: Betway
Despite Unikrn’s excellent mobile offering and their strong odds, Betway is our pick.
Their large range of betting options, combined with a wide range of games to wager on, it’s an excellent site for punters of all levels.
Unikrn is still worth factoring into your betting schedule however, especially if you are looking for gaming updates and want to make use of their unique marketplace. If there were more real-money features it could have tipped the decision in their favour.