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Find the best esports betting sites for Japan, some with Yen accounts

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LoL, CS:GO, Dota 2, SC 2, Artifact, FIFA, Rocket League, R6, Overwatch more!

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Spin Sports Esports Review

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Pinnacle Esports Review

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1998

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Betway Esports Review

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LoL, CS:GO, Dota 2, SC 2, Hearthstone, HOTS, R6, Overwatch, FIFA & more!

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bet365 Esports Review

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2000

LoL, CS:GO, Dota 2, SC 2, R6, Rocket League, Overwatch, FIFA, CoD, & more!

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1XBet Esports Review

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LoL, CS:GO, Dota 2, SC 2, R6, CoD, Overwatch, FIFA & more!

2011

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Unibet Esports Review

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1998

LoL, CS:GO, Dota 2, SC 2, Overwatch, Rocket League, FIFA, CoD & more!

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888sport Esports Review

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1997

LoL, CS:GO, Dota 2, SC 2, Overwatch, Rocket League, FIFA, CoD & more!

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Online esports betting in Japan

From Japan, you can register and play at seven of our nine top esports betting sites.  Furthermore, from the eight sites above, sites 1, 3 and 4 offer accounts in the Japanese yen so you may avoid exchanging currency.  Choosing the right site from those listed above really just depends on the aspects of your experience that are most important for you.  Each of our esports betting site reviews address and evaluate key points about the available esports league and event coverage, the esports betting market coverage and the respective approaches to odds margins and esports promotions.  The reviews also discuss the respective betting platforms for both mobile and desktop users.  The above rankings are based on these overall grades, but each site has different strengths in each of these individual categories.  Read the reviews to find which esports betting site will be best for you and the way you’ll bet.


Banking with an esports betting site from Japan

Banking with your betting site from Japan is very simple but your banking method options may be somewhat limited to Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, Astropay Cards, EcoPayz and bank transfers.  Other popular e-wallet methods tend not to be available for use with online betting providers from Japan.  If you prefer to make payments via Bitcoin, both Pinnacle and 1xBet offer this method for you.


Is online esports betting legal from Japan?

Gambling is illegal in Japan with some exceptions.  However, the illegal gambling is generally defined as the operation of gambling activities that are in fact held within the borders of Japan.  As the above online providers all run their businesses off-shore, outside of Japan, with remote-gaming licenses, there is little if any risk in betting from the privacy of your home in Japan with any of these off-shore online betting providers.  All the above providers serve customers in Japan, while many of them refuse service to countries where online gambling is truly outlawed or very nations where these services are highly regulated.


Esports in Japan:

Gaming as an activity in Japan is of course very popular, with many gaming companies based in Japan such as Nintendo, Konami, Sony and Capcom among others.  However, due to local legal restrictions, esports has not taken hold because local game developers could not hold esports events in order to promote their games.  Despite this, three top Japanese esports earners have managed to be among among the World’s top 500 earners in 2018.  This has been helped by the Japan Esports Union which is tasked with issuing professional esports licenses.  The consumer protection agency that stood in the way of esports events from being held in Japan has moved to allow them as long as the competitors were designated as professionals esports players.  The agency did not simply want the events to encourage people to buy the game for a chance to then compete for the prize money.  Having a professional designation is an added step that ensures the public at large is not being incentivized to buy the game that is being promoted within the given esports event.  This move has allowed Japan to embrace esports at a much faster pace, which should foster higher participation and the development of star esports athletes.