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Rivalry is an esports betting platform made by gamers for gamers.
If you’re looking to bet on esports, you’ve come to the right place, step inside.
Of all the betting sites out there, we like to think we’re the ones most passionate and connected to the industry since we’re the most engaged esports betting brand in the world. Gaming is not the only thing we’re serious about, keeping you and your money safe while betting online is right up there as well. Everything is done by the book and we’re licensed to operate by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, matched with customer service second to none.
We offer many of the fancy features you’ll find on modern betting sites, like mobile betting and live betting, many payment methods and welcome bonuses alongside many other bells and whistles, but it doesn't stop there. Rivalry is not set out to be just another sportsbook, we’re here to change the sports betting game. Our constant strive for innovation have made us create the world's first MMOGG, Rushlane, an intense online automated racing game where you can race real people for real money, and that’s just the beginning of what we have in store for the future.
Usually, you don’t get a tiny surge of adrenaline as you watch your favorite team getting closer and closer to the finish line without having skin in the game yourself. Once you’ve got something tangible on the result, it’s all the more entertaining to cheer on a side, and with a nice chunk of change as your reward when you got your prediction right, it makes it all the more satisfying to put some thought into the potential outcomes.
With Rivalry, you can place a bet wherever you are with mobile betting, ride the highs and lows by betting on your favorite player and explore many esports games from the top titles to some nice niche stuff. We’ve got a few examples below but do be sure to check out just how many games we’ve got available for esports betting:
No esports list would be complete without Riot’s MOBA, a phenomenon in its own right with a humongous casual player base and perhaps the best sponsorship integrations in the industry. The devs are clearly putting a ton of effort into curating LoL esports and both the eyeballs and the dollars coming in seem to suggest that they’re doing something right.
For people who don’t like their pastimes simple, Dota 2 is the way to go. It will take thousands of hours to even take the red pill, let alone to see the lines of code in the Matrix, but it’s a testament to how entertaining the journey is that Dota remains one of the biggest games out there after all these years. And of course, there’s The International, the esports juggernaut event that is a must-watch for every fan.
You may think of CoD as the big casual pew pew shooter on the market but it is actually becoming a serious esports in its own right. Yes, very American and very commercialized, but an esport nevertheless, even if all the sponsored awards and playbacks and modes may make you cringe as a regular gaming fan. Still, it’s impossible to argue with results and the way the Call of Duty League has outpaced the Overwatch League in terms of viewer numbers on YouTube is impressive, to say the least, and a game with a massive casual audience and a growing competitive scene is worth taking a look at by itself.
Twenty years on, still kicking. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is nailed onto the top of the most-played Steam games, easily surpassing Dota 2’s record once it went free to play a few years ago. The tactical and brutal gameplay of CS attracts fans from around the world and serves up some of the most awesome esports moments year after year.
If you want a game like CS that is less rough around the edges, Valorant might be the one for you. Made by the people behind LoL with the explicit goal of taking CS:GO’s crown, Valorant is aggressively marketed as the next big esport, and judging by the interest of so many big orgs and top players, they might just actually pull it off.
We’re still in the realms of tactical first-person shooters with this one but it’s a little different from the two titles above: the Rainbow Six franchise has been around for quite a while but it had more to do with punishing pre-plan phases and shepherding AI commando members rather than a very tightly constructed multiplayer package. Siege has the magic of so many other esport titles, an endlessly replayable set of close quarter encounters in a partially destructible environment and an unforgiving gunplay – at much higher fidelity than their counterparts, too.
Blizzard’s games played such a large part in forging the path for esports that you can’t blame them for going super greedy for this one. Their aim was to revitalize the team-based FPS concept with Overwatch – which they mostly succeeded at – while also turning up competitive gaming a notch with a huge franchised league pushed by big investors willing to lay down astronomical amounts of money for slots in the competition. Whether this one also works out remains to be seen, but the dreams of world conquest from the early days are surely long gone now.
You know the drill: FIFA is like soccer (or football, we’ll let you make that pick) but one guy’s controlling all the superstars. Turns out it works pretty well as an esport, as the many boomers joining us in the digital space during the pandemic could attest!
The same logic applies to NBA 2K: the game is a fun representation of real-life basketball competitions, distilling the teamwork into a single individual’s blood, sweat and tears behind the controller, and when the real games are not on, it serves as a pretty decent alternative in a pinch for viewers and bettors alike!
Wild Rift is the mobile version of League of Legends and a bona fide esport in its own right with massive audiences and great interest in its competitive scene. It is a slightly modified version of the original LoL experience to better fit handheld devices, but it is otherwise basically the same League gameplay you know and love: five versus five, ganks and wards, teamfights and unintended farming accidents galore!
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is Moonton’s entry into the mobile MOBA scene, a 2016 game with a surprisingly large competitive following. The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League features fifteen regions across the world and a world championship final to conclude the global season in an exciting manner.
The mobile version of Call of Duty offers the same levels of adrenaline rush as its main counterparts, and it’s no surprise that its esports scene is also attracting widespread attention across the whole world. Call of Duty Mobile features battle royale and regular multiplayer modes as well, with the yearly World Championship finals offering a $1 million prize pool for the best players in the world to compete for. It’s a massive gaming phenomenon, and its October 2019 release was one of the largest launches in mobile gaming history.
Have you ever thought of combining an esports bet with a regular one? Maybe take an Astralis game and mix and match it with a Danish soccer game? Well, you can do just that at Rivalry and much more as we offer many traditional sporting markets alongside our wide range of esports stuff.
No doubt soccer – or, you know, football for you non-US visitors – is the big behemoth, with competitions like the Champions League and the Premier League at the forefront of everyone’s mind but we also offer markets for a variety of other popular sports like basketball and tennis as part of our sports betting setup.
We also offer great welcome bonuses and we went our way to ensure that they are much more user-friendly for new customers than some of the other ones in the industry. Very often, these “bonuses” are close to impossible to redeem for a mere mortal as it would require them to stay in the game for seven or eight times as much money’s worth of bets as their original deposit. You can read about all this and more about the dodgy actors in the industry at the Rivalry Academy!
That’s right, we offer our own little esports betting guide in the form of the Rivalry Academy video course to help you get the most enjoyment out of your betting experience. Not every online betting site out there is properly licensed and regulated like us, so if nothing else, stop by and have a listen to learn what to watch out for in this business so that you can make an informed decision about where to deposit your hard-earned money and get a real welcome bonus in the process!
But wait, there’s more! We love to play, being gamers and all that, and a large part of that experience is competition. This is why we aim to offer uniquely awesome contests on Rivalry which are actually fun to play and more than just a box to check in the process of optimizing your betting patterns. The contests on Rivalry serve as a way to further reward our wily customers who keep getting their wagers right and to build a community among the contestants. Just so you know, terms and conditions apply!
Make sure you do your research about the various online sportsbooks. Can they even offer their services to you in the country where you reside? We’ll let you know straight up, but online betting sites are not always this transparent. Same goes for how they handle your money and the kind of payment methods on offer. It’s well worth taking your time with this stuff, and even getting in touch with customer service to really drill down into the specifics. At the end, all it takes is to choose a deposit method, select a match and get on wagering!
There’s no theoretical limit to your earnings but be sure to take the time to check out the Rivalry Academy for many details about the betting industry before you decide to quit your career! You should treat this as a fun activity first and foremost.
Esports, or electronic sports, as it’s called by boomers, is basically the competitive form of playing video games. Just like how that friendly kickabout in your backyard isn’t called professional soccer, playing a random ranked match online also doesn’t qualify as esports. In general, if you can get a salary for playing, and you get to compete in front of a large audience with a big chunk of change on the line, you’re looking at an esport, and it probably means that you can find it on online betting sites as well.
Yes, it is. We are a licensed and regulated bookmaker whose esports offerings have been vetted by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and many other country-specific regulators. Betting on esports is a safe pastime and a fun way to spice up your viewing experience!