An exhaustive guide to the latest trend in esports betting – betting on streamers!
Streamer Betting is steadily becoming increasingly popular among esports bettors thanks to three distinct, but intertwined, elements:
Streamer Betting is still a niche activity but more and more esports betting sites are now allowing their players, so we thought a comprehensive guide to get you started would come in handy.
Key takeaways from our Streamer Betting guide:
Streamer Betting, as the name implies, gives you, the bettor, the opportunity to bet live on a streamer playing your favourite game.
As in traditional betting, Streamer Betting allows you to bet on various outcomes of the match, but introduces a multitude of unique bet options.
Will a certain Dota 2 hero get the most kills this match?
Will the first blood be spilled before the creeps appear in a LOL match?
Is the total number of towers destroyed in a LOL game higher or lower than 10?
These are just some of the types of bets that Streamer Betting allows.
As the bets are generated by the betting site as the match progresses, the odds for these will become available only during the gameplay and therefore cannot be compared between various betting sites.
As always, the safety of the betting process is mainly tied to the betting site offering it.
Has the site you chose a good reputation? What’s the gambling license they hold and under what jurisdiction they operate?
These are the first questions you need to ask yourself before choosing a betting site.
Online Betting is a regulated industry but in most markets governments are still lagging behind the rapid development of esports betting and its technologies so our advice is to stick to the reputable brands available in your country.
Streamer betting, as it is the case with every other betting vertical, is not immune to foul play.
Streamers playing from their own homes do not operate under the same scrutiny as an esports team playing in one of the major esports tournaments of the year.
As the only thing that stops a Streamer from throwing a match is his reputation, our recommended advice is similar to the one related to betting sites:
Stick to the reputable names!
More and more esports betting sites are adding this functionality to their sites but currently there are only a handful of sites where you can bet on streamers.
Unikrn was the first to offer streamer betting to its players using a fully-automated combination of real-time game analysis, screen interpretation and algorithmic odds determination.
Unikrn sets the odds for streamers in real time, as they play.
To find the games eligible for streamer betting all you need to do is navigate to the game section (ex: Apex Legends) where live streamers will appear in the offered odds and be labeled streamer.
Rivalry is another site that permits esports fans to bet on Twitch streamers and offers a range of bets on major esport games such as League of Legends, Fortnite or Dota 2.
To find the available streams, simply navigate to the corresponding section where all currently active streamers are shown.
More and more streamers are jumping on the bandwagon and today, each betting site has its own “collection” of profiles they include in their selection.
We list below some of the better-know streamers we found being featured repeatedly on either Unikrn or Rivalry.
With 8.9 millions followers on Twitch, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is canadian player that regularly covers Escape from Tarkov, Rust and World of Warcraft.
He was part of Complexity Gaming CSGO roster, one of the most established Counter-Strike teams in North America.
Félix Lengyel aka xQcOW, is a former professional Overwatch player, previously active in the Overwatch League as part of the Dallas Fuel roster.
He was released after the Overwatch League inaugural season due to repeated controversy and suspensions.
He’s one of the most popular Overwatch streamers on Twitch, with 7.4 million followers. He’s also a variety streamer for Luminosity Gaming.
Besides Overwatch, he also streams Valorant, Rust and Super Mario Odyssey.
Torben “Viper” Wahl is one of the best known Hearthstone streamers in the world. A German player, he was previously part of Team Genji and Raise Your Edge.
In 2019 he finished second in the Hearthstone World Championship earning $150,000.
His Twitch profile has almost 24K followers.
League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Overwatch, Hearthstone are among the most popular streams that you can bet on.
The popular battle royales titles such as Fortnite, PUBG or Apex Legends are also regularly featured, especially on Unikrn.
Here’s the full list of game that allow betting on streamers
The first thing you need to know is that streamer betting works exactly as its traditional counterpart.
Most of the time, bookies will give you the opportunity to be on the outcome of the match – similar to a moneyline bet – but also on some exotic markets.
These are the ones that make streamer betting so interesting as they open up new avenues for placing bets.
Here’s a shortlist of the most common types of bets on streamers you might encounter.
Still wondering if you should give streamer betting a go?
If you like following a particular streamer on Twitch and you’re confident you can pocket some wins off their gaming skills, then betting on their live-play may be just the thing for you.
First thing you need to do is find a betting site that offers Streamer Betting and a streamer that's currently live. Two such sites are Unikrn and Rivalry. Afterwards, betting on a stream is as easy as betting on a traditional esports match. Identify your favourite streamer and see what markets the betting site is offering. One thing that you need to remember is that the available bets will not be made available before the stream starts but rather during it.
If the bookmaker that offers them holds a valid gambling license in your country then all the betting markets it offers can be considered legal. That includes betting on streamers.