A couple of weeks back, the esports betting specialist Unikrn was acquired by the Entain group. Since then, the Unikrn website has suspended all its operations and any attempts to log in to the Unikrn site will just see visitors presented with a message asking customers to withdraw their funds.
At the moment, despite rumours that the site will be back in the future on some websites, there has not been anything official either from Unikrn or Entain about what the future holds for the site. Has Unikrn now been subsumed by other Entain offerings, or will it return in a new guise at some point in the future?
Now not everybody wants to wait around what could be weeks or even months before any answer is forthcoming, so if you are an old Unikrn customer and want to sign up with an esports betting provider that offers you great options, what are the best choices for you?
Let’s start with the obvious things you should be looking for before you sign up with any online gambing service, including esports betting sites.
What Your Site Should Have As A Bare Minimum
To ensure that you pick the right site, what you should always take time to find out is to discover if the site is licensed, who it is licensed by (and as a result, where the site can operate legally).
A licensed site in your place of residence means that they must adhere to the rules and regulations to operate in your jurisdiction, which of course gives you not just protection, but also peace of mind that the company is fully legit.
On top of being licensed and regulated, we would also like to see a site have a full commitment to responsible gambling stated overtly on the site, a comprehensive selection of payment methods, clear instructions on how to make a withdrawal, as well as an easy to access and ideally, available 24/7, customer services facility.
Now of course, we also want our site to offer extensive esports betting, but it can also be advantageous, if you like casino gaming, sports betting, poker or other similar online games, that your choice of site has at least some of these options available too.
However, the biggest factor in deciding which site is the best for you is your location. Not all sites are available in all places, so for our three recommendations, we have sorted them in terms of geography to try and give as many people all over the globe a place to at least consider joining in Unikrn’s absence.
Top Site For The UK & Ireland And Selected Other EU Nations – Betway
If you are based in the likes of the UK, Ireland, Spain, Sweden or similar, then a fantastic choice as a replacement for Unikrn is Betway.
The site was developed as an online betting site originally, but has since diversified to offer a wide range of online betting and gaming options and it was one of the first to really move into the esports industry in a serious way.
As a result, Betway not only offers an excellent range of bets on a wide variety of esports, but their odds are generally very good, they offer betting markets that are hard to find at other bookmakers and they are also regular sponsors of major esports events.
In addition, they have long-standing sponsorship deals with esports organisations Ninjas in Pyjamas, BIG, Made in Brazil, PSG.LGD and Invictus Gaming, they also have a dedicated esports section to the site, which also has its own esports themed Betway promotions and offers and even an Esports Welcome Bonus for new players.
You can also earn a £10 weekly free bet if you can join and qualify for the bonus as part of the Esports Club.
It is clear that Betway have put a great deal of time and effort into becoming a fantastic esports betting service and they are one site that we highly recommend if it is available in your location.
Top Site For Brazil, Asia & Eastern Europe – GG.Bet
If you are based in Brazil, parts of Asia and in Eastern Europe, then one potential option for you could well be GG.Bet. Just as Unikrn was, the site was founded with a primary focus on esports betting, although it has since expanded to cover sports betting and casino gaming too, although it does remain focused primarily on esports.
The site offers a fantastic choice of esports betting markets and generally good value odds, as you would expect from an esports betting specialist. Alongside the standard types of esports bets, you can also place more unusual bets, such as betting on Twitch streamers, as well as availing yourself of a number of monthly promotions that the site runs.
Additionally, GG.Bet are also actively involved in sponsoring major events in Esports, as well as sponsoring one of esports most famous teams Natus Vincere.
Top Site For Many Other Parts Of The World – Bet365
For a perfect all-round site that is highly respected, offers an outstanding range of gambling opportunities across numerous sites and which now boasts one of the best esports betting services in the betting industry, then Bet365 sport is a fantastic choice.
A single log in with bet365 will give you access to all bet365 sites, though you can fund different types of sites individually. It’s esports betting service is within the bet365 Sports site and it offers extensive betting across a wide range of esports.
Bet365’s esports service has increased massively in scope, size and in the quality and number markets offered over the last three or four years in particular and given the sites longevity and long-term appeal, it is likely to be the first choice for many punters seeking an alternative to Unikrn and who want a brand that has been around for a long time (bet365 was first established in 2000).
Additional Option – For US Customers Try DraftKings
Given that the situation regarding esports betting is somewhat fluid and uncertain across the different states of the USA, the best option for customers based in the United States is DraftKings. In states that permit at least some esports betting, then DraftKings will have markets available as and when permitted.
However, the site also offers fantasy esports betting options across a range of games including League of Legends, Call of Duty, CS:GO and Rocket League, which is something that will appeal to many esports enthusiasts.
Add to that we have a special bonus for our readers that offers you $20 in free credits when you sign up with the site, then with its broad reach across the United States, DraftKings is a great option for US customers.
So there are at least three great options, if not four, for you to check out now that Unikrn seems to have gone into extinction and no matter which one you choose, we don’t think you are going to be disappointed!