How it works
- What is the game?
- What is a Salary Cap pool?
- What is a Classic pool?
- What is a Legendary Pool?
- Why can't I make picks yet?
- What happens with player & team changes and dropouts?
- What happens if an event is postponed?
- How do I deposit money?
- How do I withdraw money?
- Why can't I access my Wallet?
- How do I deposit & withdraw skins from my inventory?
- How do I get a refund?
- How do Head 2 Head pools work?
- Are the prizes in Community Pools guaranteed?
- What is ESP?
- Is it legal?
- Is ESP secure?
- Can I have multiple accounts?
- Do I have to pay taxes?
- What are profile badges and how can I get one?
- How do I access the forum?
How it works
1. What is the game?
eSportsPools is an eSports fantasy pool game that allows both hardcore fans and casual spectators to participate. Our fantasy pools add new elements of intrigue and excitement into watching an eSports match.
Rack up the most points at the end of a pool and walk away with bragging rights and sweet prizes. Make your picks, challenge your friends, and add some excitement into your eSports experience!
Our fantasy pool game is relatively simple:
Choose your players and create your team
Pick your players and don't forget to set the tiebreaker to complete your team.
Rack up points
Scoring is dependent on the game type.
See how your team stacks up
You must be signed up on our site to participate in our pools.
You gain or lose points based on the actions made by players during matches of the pool's respective event.
|CS:GO||+1 pt||+1 pt||+1 pt||-1 pt|
|Dota 2||+1 pt||+1 pt||-1 pt|
|LoL||+1 pt||+1 pt||-1 pt|
|HotS||+1 pt||+1 pt||-1 pt|
Do not forget to set your tiebreaker at the bottom of the picks screen!
The Tiebreaker is a way for us to rank players that have identical scores. Our Tiebreaker system is done by inputing the number of seconds the first kill happens in the final game of that pool. For example, we have Bo5 Grand Finals that results in a 3-1 scoreline for the winning team. The final map will be game 4 (as game 5 will not be played). Each game does have slightly different tiebreaker properties.
If two or more participants are still tied, ranking between those participants is ordered by time of joining the pool, from earliest (highest rank) to latest (lowest rank).
For CS:GO, it is pretty straight forward. The tiebreaker will be the number of seconds after the start of the first round of the final map of the event to the first kill. For example, the first kill of the entirety of the final map happened at 0:37 on the round timer. The tiebreaker for this whole event will then be 78: (1:55 Start timer (115 seconds) minus 0:37 (37 seconds) = 78 seconds). We do not consider knife rounds (rounds that determine sides) to be the first round and as a result will not be used for the tiebreaker value.
DotA 2 is a little different. We count the seconds based off of when the game timer reads 0:00. It should be noted that due to the nature of the game, there is also a count-down timer to consider --- that is, the game does not begin with at 0:00, but rather at -1:30. In the event that a kill occurs before the game timer hits 0:00 (i.e. when the first creep wave spawns) then the tiebreaker will result in a negative value. For example, if a team fight breaks out at 0:37 before the creeps spawn at 0:00, then the tiebreaker will be -37.
It should also be noted that there are technically two 0:00 timers (-0:02; -0:01; 0:00; 0:00, 0:01, 0:02). However we will consider them as a singular value.
Heroes of the Storm
For HotS, there is also a negative game timer like there is in DotA 2. As such the tiebreaker value will be the difference in seconds between when the game timer reads 00:00 and when the first takedown during the final map of the tournament occurs.
4. What is a Salary Cap pool?
Pick your players from the teams (within team and overall pick limits), while staying under the salary cap. More information.
5. What is a Classic pool?
Pick your players from the teams (within team and overall pick limits). More information.
6. What is a Legendary Pool?
A Legendary Pool is a way for us at eSportsPools to give back to the community for all the support they give us by celebrating Major events with massive prizes, like an AWP | Dragon Lore or M4A4 | Howl. More information.
7. Why can't I make picks yet?
You can enter pools as soon as they are published.
For each pool, we will try and make which teams are playing visible as soon as possible. However, actually making picks will be restricted to 48 hours before the pool starts.
This way, when you make the picks the rosters are as up to date as possible. We will notify everyone in the pool when the players are avaiable and if they change.
8. What happens with player & team changes and dropouts?
If a team or player drops out before a pool has started, the appropriate changes will be made to the site. However, the responsibility is on the user the change their picks. If a user does not change the picks themselves prior to the start of the pool, then that user will be minus that number of picks.
For example, if User Tom picks Player X in their fantasy team. Player X is then dropped by their team prior to the start of the pool. ESP will make the roster change on our end, but User Tom will still have to pick a new player on his own to replace Player X. If he does not do so before the pool begins, User Tom will only have four out of five picks on his fantasy team.
If a team or player drops out after the pool has started then no changes will be made. Users who have the dropped players in their fantasy team will be awarded no points for that player nor will they get any points from that player's replacement.
9. What happens if an event is postponed?
A postponed event will be maintained for 72 hours, after which we reserve the right to cancel the event and refund ESP members, or continue to maintain the event until there is more information.
10. How do I deposit money?
To deposit money, click on "Wallet" located in the main navigation panel. From there you will see your account balance. At the top right, you will see a "withdraw" and a "deposit" button. Click the deposit button to bring up the deposit window. Type in the amount you want to deposit and the method that you wish to pay with. Clicking Deposit will send you to the respective payment site to finalize your payment.
If you do not have a PayPal account, you are still able to deposit using your credit card via PayPal.
A user can only:
- Deposit a maximum amount of $100 USD at a time.
11. How do I withdraw money?
To withdraw money, simply follow the "Deposit" instructions mentioned above. However instead of clicking "Deposit", click "Withdraw". There is a minimum withdrawal of $5.00; and any money in bonus accounts must have met the bonus requirements before funds can be withdrawn. Funds may take a minimum of 3-5 business days to show up in your account.
A user can only:
- Withdraw a maximum of $50 USD at a time.
- Withdrawals can only be made every 24-hours.
- Make withdrawals if their account is greater than 72 hours old.
12. Why can't I access my Wallet?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this feature to some users depending on their geographical location.
13. How do I deposit & withdraw skins from my inventory?
To access your Inventory, simply click on "Inventory" in the member navigation dropdown on the right-hand side of the navigation bar. To deposit a skin, click the "Deposit items" button located on the top right of the Inventory page.
To withdraw an item, select the skin(s) you wish to take and then press the "Withdraw items" button on the right-hand side of the page.
14. How do I get a refund?
If a user pays for a pool, they are not able to get a refund. However, all funds will be returned to the participating users if the event is cancelled.
15. How do Head 2 Head pools work?
If you enter a H2H (Head 2 Head) pool and don't get matched up with an opponent before the contest begins, your entry fee will be refunded to your wallet and the pool will be deleted.
16. Are the prizes in Community Pools guaranteed?
We only guarantee prizes in Community Pools if they are explicitly displayed in the Prizes tab, as those prizes are escrowed through our system. We take no responsibility for prizes that are listed through other means, such as in the description.
1. What is ESP?
ESP is a daily/weekly fantasy league game for eSports, where players select their team of fantasy eSports players and collect points throughout the event. Winners receive cash and prizes for competing.
ESP is operated by Askott Entertainment Inc., a company incorporated in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
2. Is it legal?
Yes, as determined by the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act fantasy leagues are a game of skill. Fantasy leagues need to meet the following conditions:
Participation in any fantasy or simulation sports game or educational game or contest in which (if the game or contest involves a team or teams) no fantasy or simulation team is based on the current membership of an actual team that is a member of an amateur or professional sports organisation and meets the following conditions:
- All prizes and awards offered to winning participants are established and made known to the participants in advance of the game or contest and their value is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of any fees paid by participants.
- All winning outcomes reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants and are determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of the performance of individuals (athletes in the case of sports events) in multiple real-world sporting or other events.
No winning outcome is based:
- On the score, point spread, or any performance or performances of any single real world team or any combination of such teams; or
- Solely on any single performance of an individual athlete in any single real-world sporting or other event.
We offered paid entry fantasy leagues in all states except Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York or Washington.
If you have any questions about eligibility in your jurisdiction please contact us.
3. Is ESP secure?
We take security of our member's data, and our system very seriously. We use Cloudflare (https://www.cloudflare.com/features-security/) for its industry leading - and renowned - security, as well as its fast CDN and global coverage. ESP is hosted on a dedicated cluster of high availability servers in a dedicated and secure Tier 1 location. There are multiple layers of security addressing threats from physical and virtual attacks as well as social engineering. The team comprises of industry veterans that have security experience from military, governmental, gambling, gaming, telecommunications and Tier 1 ISP environments.
In terms of monetary security for members, all funds are kept separate in order to guarantee payouts. Your credit card details are never stored as money is all handled through PayPal.
4. Can I have multiple accounts?
No. As stipulated in our Terms & Conditions, one person is only allowed to have one account on our site.
5. Do I have to pay taxes?
In the United States you are required to pay taxes if your annual net winnings are over $600. Net winnings are winnings minus total entry fees. If you exceed $600 in net winnings we will contact you for additional information so we can provide you with the relevant tax filing information.
6. What are profile badges and how can I get one?
Profile badges are awarded to our members for completing a certain goal or reaching a milestone. More information on what badges there are and how you can earn them can be found here.
7. How do I access the forum?
To access the forum, you will need to make sure that your avatar is changed from the default one. To change it, go to your Dashboard, then click on the current avatar to upload a new one. You will also need to have entered into at least one pool and have verified your email address.
Terms & Conditions
See: Terms & Conditions