An introduction to eSports betting

An introduction to eSports betting

Some of us here at have been playing sports betting for many, many years. The sports betting industry used to be very different when we started. There was no internet and therefore no websites for online betting. We had to place our bets the old-fashioned way, with traditional bookmakers.

These traditional bookmakers ultimately served the same purpose as the websites today. They took our bets (and our money) and paid us out when we won. The betting options were extremely limited compared to now. We could really only bet on mainstream sports back then, and there were not so many different types of bets.

Today we have a MANY number of betting options. There are all kinds of different stakes and all kinds of bets. We can also bet on just about any sport in the world, including professional video games.

Yes, video games are a sport. That is why it is known as eSports (for electronic sports). This is obviously different from “conventional” sports in many ways, but they also have a lot in common with them, generating a lot of betting activity. Hundreds of millions of euros are bet on professional eSports competitions every year, and the numbers are still growing. Interest in eSports betting is growing rapidly.

This particular interest comes from people who are completely new to eSports and/or betting in general. Does it look similar for you? Then you should read on This is a complete introduction to eSports betting, covering everything you need to know before you start. There is also a section on HOW to get started. We start with a quick look at how competitive video gaming has become over the years.

British ban credit cards for gambling

British ban credit cards for gambling

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) will ban the use of credit cards in gambling from April 2020. This ban applies to both online gambling and physical gambling institutions, with the exception of lottery tickets sold in shops.

24 million players in the UK

“Gambling with credit cards can lead to significant financial damage. The ban is designed to minimise this risk and prevent consumers from gambling with money they don’t have,” says UKGC Director Neil McArthur. According to the Financial Times, the announcement of the ban has caused the shares of gambling operators like William Hill to fall.

According to figures, some 24 million adults in the UK play games, 10.5 million of them on the Internet. Some 800,000 consumers use their credit cards. Of the British gamblers, UKGC estimates that 22 per cent are “problem gamblers”. These are people who are at risk of financial loss from gambling.

Self-control through “Gamstop

In addition to the ban on credit card gambling, the UK will take further measures to protect problem gamblers in 2020. At the end of March, all online gambling operators will have to participate in the so-called “Gamstop” programme, which allows customers to block their own access to their websites. “It is important that such programmes are as effective as possible. This requires other tools that can prevent payments, among other things,” says McArthur.

Gambling – “A grievous sin” in the Arabic world

Gambling – “A grievous sin” in the Arabic world

In German arcades and betting offices you will meet mainly young men, many of whom are Muslims. But gambling is actually forbidden in Islam. Nevertheless, Turkey also operates a state lottery, and in Saudi Arabia bets are placed on camel races. How does this fit together?

“I ruined my life. Today I live in poverty and I feel bad every day. If you regret so much, you can’t be happy anymore. I used to regularly lose control when we played cards in the men’s round in Turkish cafés or when I stood at a machine with my last money again. The coins disappeared one by one. Then it was freezing cold running down my back when I had nothing left to play with. Only then did I remember my responsibilities. To my wife and children. You feel ashamed and want to sink into the ground.”

Money problems

This man would rather remain unrecognized on the radio. He is a Muslim – many especially young Muslim men in Germany like to bet or play other games of chance. Studies show this, and Mathias Rohe, an Islamic scholar and lawyer at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, confirms it:

“I myself know from my field research that quite a few family conflicts result from the fact that husbands and fathers gamble. And that really by large sums – accordingly the family gets into trouble. Neglect, money problems and the like.”

Gambling is ‘haram

But what does Islam say about gambling and betting? For Serap Güler, Muslim and in North Rhine-Westphalia State Secretary for Integration, this is not compatible with Islam:

“Gambling or betting must – as I understand it – be forbidden after Islam, because there again the big topic ‘haram’ comes up. How did I get this money? Did I hurt anyone? I probably did, somebody lost that money. So in my understanding it’s money earned under bad circumstances.”

Gambling is “haram”, i.e. religiously forbidden. This is also confirmed by Mathias Rohe, an expert on Islamic law:

“There is a very clear opinion. That is rejected. There is also a peculiar statement in the Koran. Maysir – the game, is forbidden. So clear rejection of the whole thing, which obviously does not prevent a considerable number of Muslims from participating nevertheless.”

“Waste of time”
A corresponding passage in the Koran is Sura 2, verse 219:

“You are asked about the wine and the lottery. Say: In them lies a grave sin. And they are useful for people (sometimes). But the sin that is in them is greater than their benefit.”

Nevertheless, numerous sports betting offices or casinos in Germany are run by Muslim men. The integration expert and Muslim Serap Güler has a clear opinion:

“I don’t believe that this is Islamically legitimate, that Muslims run, operate or even worse or just as badly waste their time there these betting offices.”

Gambling in Islamic countries

Nevertheless, there are bets and games of chance in Islamic countries as well. Some Arab states such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia do not allow casinos, but there are camel races with money betting explains the arabic portal allvideoslots. In Turkey the state runs its own lottery, millions of Muslims take part. The president of the state religious authority Diyanet, Ali Erbas, still does not believe in the lottery, as he explained on Turkish television:

“This example shows that something can be legally legal, but at the same time also religiously forbidden.

So if betting and gambling are very clearly forbidden in Islam, why do so many Muslims still participate? Because they are only human beings, says the Islamic scholar Mathias Rohe:

“Muslims, too, are not just Muslims. First of all, they are pious in different ways. Different people are prepared to abide by the rules. And they let themselves be guided by many other things as well, than only by their religion”.

Are Online Casinos Legal in the UK?

Are Online Casinos Legal in the UK?

Though there is a significant range of mistakes and legislation about online gambling in the UK still the answer to the above-said question is undoubtedly affirmative. Like retail, services, and banking today online gambling has become an important and major part of the economy of Britain. For most of the British people, online casinos have become most liked pastime due to the availability of online gambling in various forms.

The industry of online casinos UK is wonderfully controlled by the British government for the protection of its players. You can also find some of the largest and oldest bookmakers in the UK. The UK online gambling industry offers a number of advantages for the gamblers and punters. The gambling is legal in the UK for every adult over 18 years of age whereas on betting operators the government imposes some of the hardest regulations very strictly to ensure to provide a fair and safe environment to the players. Moreover, no tax is imposed on the amount of money won in online gambling.

The information provided in this write-up will help you to know the real legal position of online casinos in the UK on the basis of which punters in the UK can play games on online casinos freely and legally.

Summary of online gambling laws in the UK

  • All forms of gambling were made legal in the UK through the legislation of the 1960s
  • For playing most types of gambling the legal age is 18 years
  • Nearly all types of gambling activities are controlled by the Gambling Act of 2005 & the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act of 2014.
  • All the gambling providers including online casinos and others will have to be licensed by the Gambling Commission of the UK.
  • In 2016, £4.5 billion was the total gross income from the online gambling sector in the UK

Periodic review of Gambling Legislation

Since many hundreds of years gambling have been the part of the life of British people, in one form or the other. For this reason, you can find legislation about gambling whenever you want but the present legal position of the gambling in the UK can be identified to have started by the mid of 19th century.

The Gaming Act of 1845

In 1845, all the commercial gambling activities, except played in the venues of horse racing, were made legal by making a Gaming act, 1845, keeping all the moral ethics of the era strictly in mind. But actually, this act was not able to discourage popular gambling activities including street gambling, etc. that were extensively popular in the UK. So to control such gambling activities various other small legislations with limited approach were passed in the following years but none of them could control those gambling activities effectively.

The Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Act of 1963

Despite passing legislation to ban gambling in the UK, it became nearly unavoidable to pass the laws to regulate and legalize gambling industry in Britain, because of the consistent popularity of gambling in this country.

For this reason, the Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Act was passed in 1963 to legalize gambling in the UK. Thus, the gambling, except the games played at racecourses, was again legalized in the UK. This act was based on the reports submitted by the 2nd Royal Commission of 1849 on Lotteries and Betting.

After the passing of this law, a number of public casinos and bingo halls opened in the UK. But soon it was proved that this act was not enough to regulate the gambling industry of the UK as it was growing at a very fast speed. However, it took a very long time to replace this act.

The Gambling Act of 2005

The gambling act of 1963 was completely revised in 2005 when a Gambling Act 2005 was passed by the British legislation. The main aim of this new Gambling Act was to create a system to regulate the gambling industry of the UK adequately. It included three aims stated here under:

  • Stopping the gambling to be the source of disorder or crime, used to support disorder or crime or be linked with disorder or crime
  • To be sure that gambling is managed in an open and fair manner
  • Protecting vulnerable people as well as children from being exploited or harmed by gambling activities

The creation of the Gambling Commission of the UK was perhaps the most important effect of the act passed in 2005. Today the entire gambling industry of the UK is regulated by this Gambling Commission. For casinos and other types of gambling operations, the commission has designed new rules and implemented a framework to ensure that the rules are followed by operators of all the casinos and other gambling activities. However, according to the gambling act of 2005, it was not necessary for the casinos located overseas but allowing British punters to play to take a license from the Gambling Commission of the UK.

The Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act of 2014

The Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act was passed in 2014 to close the exemption of not being licensed for overseas gambling casinos. According to this act, the providers of overseas casinos not only have to take a license from the Gambling Commission of the UK but also pay the tax at the rate of 15% as paid by the casino providers based in the UK.

The Consumer Rights Act of 2015

In 2015, the Consumer Act 2015 was passed. The provisions of this act were directly focused on the online casinos serving the punter of the UK or operating in the UK. These rules were designed to be sure that fair game practices are used to operate these online casinos UK. In case they failed to comply with these rules, they can be prosecuted.

In this way, the operation of online casinos, based in the UK or overseas, have been legalized by passing various acts from time to time. In fact, gambling in any form is a very popular pastime for the British people for many centuries. So, online casinos UK could not be made illegal, in any case, for the UK punters.


3 Advantages of Drone Use for Surveillance Purposes

3 Advantages of Drone Use for Surveillance Purposes

The technology of surveillance drones, has come a long way in these last years, and it is thanks to these advances that the drone concept can be applied to many fields of everyday life, so companies can have safer lands and events on the streets to all the people attending to them, not to mention the multiple uses that the police could have with surveillance drones.

For these reasons and many more, we can consider the broad advantages of drone technology.

Street Surveillance

Street Surveillance 1 - 3 Advantages of Drone Use for Surveillance Purposes

The first thing we could think about is the security of a whole city. Having surveillance drones scouring the streets and avenues could help to have a faster and more effective mobilization of local police, as well as recognizing criminal faces and later location of these in record time, and also in the event of a traffic accident, health organs could arrive faster to save lives before a tragedy.

Social Events Without Danger

Social Events Without Danger - 3 Advantages of Drone Use for Surveillance Purposes

Every day, social events (concerts, seminars, sports, among other things) accumulate many people and that is where security is in trouble, people can cause riots and fragment the social order.

The application of drones unmanned surveillance members of the law can go more quickly to these problems and avoid more damage, saving lives that could be at risk and even maintaining a building that could be in danger of being affected, in perfect conditions thanks to the intervention of police members.

Safe Schools

Safe Schools - 3 Advantages of Drone Use for Surveillance Purposes

Education comes first. Thousands of schools and universities are looking for new ways to keep their facilities safe at all times, for that reason, the unmanned drone technology would help the precaution of undesirable incidents.

This is thanks to fostering confidence in school institutions and assuring more fervently students across the country, without leaving behind the police collaboration to monitor dubious behaviors, signs of crimes or clandestine movements.

One could say that the technology advances every day, going to more and more unexplored lands to assure the common good of the global population. We must see these as advantages as something that will help us in the future to understand better the way in which security evolves, making our cities safer and quiet, turning social events into calm and rewarding meetings for participants and finally keeping schools and students away from insecurity.

7 Amazing Facts About Drones We Want to Spread Out

7 Amazing Facts About Drones We Want to Spread Out

Drones are so versatile, that the amount of people using them for various diverse purposes is constantly increasing, and yet what do you know about them? There are some amazing facts that might not be obvious at first sight, or even using them, that will definitely have you marveling at the technology and development of drones.

They Do Not Require A Remote Pilot.

They Do Not Require A Remote Pilot - 7 Amazing Facts About Drones We Want to Spread Out

They can have their flights be previously programmed and their movement spectrum includes straight line flying, circles and even hoovering.

From Airborne Camera Tripods To Flying Spies In War Zones.

From Airborne Camera Tripods To Flying Spies In War Zones. - 7 Amazing Facts About Drones We Want to Spread Out

Given that they come in all sizes as well, you have small ones to hold your camera and take a picture above you, or find large military planes keeping an eye on huge conflict zones.

Their Live Feed Is Uninterrupted

Their Live Feed Is Uninterrupted - 7 Amazing Facts About Drones We Want to Spread Out

This makes them perfect for surveillance, as they can follow anything around, if you program them for it.

Police Tool

Police Tool - 7 Amazing Facts About Drones We Want to Spread Out

The policemen are allowed use them just as one more tool for evidence gathering, subject to the same laws and restrictions as the rest of them.

Finding Bin Laden

Finding Bin Laden - 7 Amazing Facts About Drones We Want to Spread Out

It was through a drone called Predator, that the elusive terrorist was finally located. But drones are not just for war waging. They are also used for bringing resources to people in war torn places.

Farmers Use Them

Farmers Use Them - 7 Amazing Facts About Drones We Want to Spread Out

To survey crops and monitor the harvests for anything wrong.

Not Born In The USA

Not Born In The USA - 7 Amazing Facts About Drones We Want to Spread Out

In spite of USA being the country with the most drones, it was actually Israel that started building them, and keeps on doing it in about 24 countries. From Israel to USA. From hunting bin Laden or keeping an eye on backyard marijuana plants, to helping the people in difficult areas get their resources, drones can be mass murderers or life savers.

Drone Technology and Agriculture – A Happy Marriage

Drone Technology and Agriculture – A Happy Marriage

Brand new technologies are nowhere to improve our old systems and help us to have the same results with the minimum effort. Drones are one of those technologies that can help us reduce the effort we dedicate to one task and one that can actually take the place of many humans by doing most of the work.

Surveillance Usage

Surveillance Usage - Drone Technology and Agriculture - A Happy Marriage

Drones are now being used to work as surveillance of none other than the agriculture fields which is such a weird combination of old (agriculture) and new (drone surveillance) practices. Such a relationship is now called by farmers as ‘a happy marriage’ meaning that the union of both systems has been more than successful.

The drones have absolutely helped lessen the workload on farmlands because before they existed the only way we had to verify the health of fields was spending long hours walking around them verifying plant by plant. But with the incredible advantages of drones, it can be done from afar in no time.

Shows Real Harvest Status

Shows Real Harvest Status - Drone Technology and Agriculture - A Happy Marriage

Drone system not only saves time with its aerial qualities but also shows more precisely the real state of the whole farmland having also programs specialized in creating colorful images of it.

Moreover, the drones could also have a system of watering quality that reduces twice the work that a farmer would have to do if they lack this technology.

New Experiments Are Being Made

New Experiments Are Being Made - Drone Technology and Agriculture - A Happy Marriage

Recently, it has been shown an experiment being done by three scientists with a drone model called DJI’s MG-1S to verify its effectiveness with delicate live beings such as plants.

Finally, it is a fact that the development of new technologies to reduce the workload of humans in many aspects of life will continue, and we have to keep in mind that such technologies can be extremely good and helpful for our world as many of our prior inventions.