AlphaDraft Fantasy Esports Review
AlphaDraft is the premier site for Americans to legally participate in real-money contests based on esports matches. That’s because in most of the United States (excluded states are listed further down this page), fantasy sites circumvent some of the existing legislation which prohibits online sports betting because they are adjudged to be a “game of skill.”
Either way, daily fantasy sports sites are valued in the billions of dollars, and AlphaDraft now offer similar daily fantasy esports games.
AlphaDraft signup offer – 100% up to $1,000
New players who sign up and make a deposit to play real money games at AlphaDraft will receive a bonus equal to 100% of their deposit, up to $1,000. Deposits must be a minimum of $10, and the good news is that the bonus money does not expire until it has been earned and spent.
Many betting sites implement a play-through or wagering requirement whereby you must bet a multiple of the bonus amount before it is released and can be withdrawn. AlphaDraft uses the incremental release bonus system, where every time you enter a paying contest the equivalent of four percent of the entry fee is released from your bonus.
So if you have received a $25 bonus for a first deposit of $25 and you enter a contest with a $25 fee, four percent of the $25 (that’s $1 if you don’t have a calculator with you) will be redeemed from your bonus and will become cash. It’s basically a clever way both to discourage bonus-chasers and to keep players signing up for more cash tournaments.
How AlphaDraft fantasy esports works
The catch is that you have a salary cap of $50,000 to work with, and with top players commanding salaries of over $10,000 you have to select wisely. Once you have chosen and named your team (there are competitions to enter for free as well as cash tournaments on the site) you can sit back and watch the action unfold, hoping that your players perform well in their actual play.
Your players are awarded points based on their performance in actual esports matches, and the teams with the most points in a given tournament receive a portion of the prize pool.
Gameplay and scoring
League of Legends (LoL) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) are the featured games at AlphaDraft, so some knowledge of one or both is a must. Of course, if you are a newcomer to esports there are plenty of free-to-play contests which you can join to learn the ropes.
Individual LoL players score points according to the number of kills and assists they get, and lose points when they are killed themselves. Teams get points for toppling turrets and slaying dragons and barons.
When it comes to CS:GO, individual players are again awarded points for kills and assists and lose out if they are killed. Teams score for bomb plants, bomb disposals and winning rounds, and of course lose points when rounds are lost.
Prizes differ from one contest to the next, so check the prize list for the competition you plan to enter to see what you could win if your team emerges on top. You can also expect to see more games and leagues added to the lineup of available option as time goes by.
If you decide to play for real money, then you can deposit funds via either debit or credit card. (Currently Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are accepted.) You can also use PayPal. Withdrawals are only processed via PayPal regardless which method you used to deposit, and as with deposits, the minimum permitted withdrawal amount is $10.
Maximum deposits are capped at $1,000 per charge. Withdrawals are generally processed and in your PayPal account within 48 hours of your request. There are no restrictions on payments from US banks or cards to AlphaDraft, as fantasy sport sites are not subject to the same restrictions as “regular” sports gambling sites.
As determined by the United States government, fantasy sports games are specifically excluded from the prohibition on fund transfers in the US to online gambling sites. In other words, fantasy sports betting is fully legal in the US.
It is very important to note that AlphaDraft only accepts players over the age of 18 who are resident in an eligible US state or Canada. Residents of the following ineligible states may have to think about relocating if they really want to sign up because they can’t participate from home: Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, New York, Nevada, Texas, and Washington. It may be a surprise to see Nevada on that list but hey, the law works in mysterious ways sometimes.
One point for US players to be aware of is that any winnings of more than $600 each year may be subject to tax, and so should be declared.
AlphaDraft has, in a very short space of time, managed to carve out a niche for itself as a premium destination for lovers of esports in North America. The site is as sharply rendered as you would hope and expect for an esports fantasy draft site, and the product does not disappoint either. For a generation that has grown up playing and watching esports, this fantasy draft site is the perfect way to enhance the enjoyment of watching elite level esport action. Plus, it's the safest way to get some action on esports in the United States.