Recently we’ve noticed an increase in esports fans betting on unlicensed (illegal) esports betting websites and we feel compelled to create more awareness about the risks of using them. In particular skins-betting & skins casino sites who, although they may look legitimate, often don’t have any licencing and are therefore illegal. This means they have no oversight, no obligation to be fair, no reason to protect your money, and if they shut down, no reason to return your money to you. These are all things you get with regulated esports betting sites such as our partner Rivalry.gg and others.
We all hate cheats in the games we love, and actively work as a community to get rid of them, and the same thing should apply to rest of the esports ecosystem including betting. We want you to engage with your favourite games in a meaningful way, but it's important to do so with reliable operators who are bound by government bodies to protect you rather than only offering a sense of protection.
Can you trust the betting site you are using?
First, look in the footer of the site for a gambling licence. If they have none at all, this is an immediate red flag and you should take your business elsewhere. What licences should you look for? The Isle of Man, Malta, UK and Gibraltar are marks of a highly regulated sportbook (see below). Our partner Rivalry is licenced in the Isle of Man.