[toc]The Boston Major wrapped up this weekend, with (spoiler alert) OG defeating Ad Finem to take home a $1 million first prize. Don’t feel overly sorry for the AF lads, though; they’re still $500,000 richer after their runner-up finish.
The next (and pretty much last) big event of the year to watch out for takes place in Yinchuan, China, as we watch out for the World Cyber Arena. As well as that this week, we’ve got the Intel Extreme Masters to keep an eye on.
The best esports betting sites
Some other sites are catching up, but they’re still definitely ending 2016 as the kings of the esports betting world.
Once again, nothing bad to say about SkyBet. They’ve got a lot of the smaller CS:GO events on their radar, though if we had to make a criticism of them (we don’t, but will) it’s that their Intel Extreme Masters markets aren’t as comprehensive as they perhaps could be.
Unikrn have a really strong selection of Intel Extreme Masters bets and markets, plus some smaller events; at the time of writing, they’re one of only two sites covering the 99Damage League, which makes them a great shout for hardcore esports fans.
Bet365 are the other site covering the 99Damage League, and they also have a wide selection of CS:GO bets to enjoy. They’re actually getting to the point of covering more of the smaller games than esports specialists Unikrn.
Sometimes it feels like our Pinnacle summary could be copy-pasted week-to-week, but this writer probably won’t get paid if that happens so once again we’ll have to say that the markets are OK, the information is outdated, and the offer overall is pretty meh.
Do you see what we did there?
PaddyPower and Ladbrokes
Ladbrokes’ selection is looking smaller again, but that’s just because there are so few events.
They’re actually a really competitive esports betting site now, so perhaps you can expect to see them with their own section here soon. They’re really outshining PaddyPower, so it seems unfair to put them together.
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The week in esports events
The year is drawing to a close and we’ve seen some fantastic esports action throughout the course of 2016. Let’s see how it will all wrap up.
League of Legends
We’re still lacking in major events for League of Legends fans during what remains of the year, but we do have qualifiers for the 2017 Challenger Series Spring Split currently underway.
Apart from that, there are a few other small events throughout the month.
The final major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament of 2016 is done and dusted, with Astralis defeating OpTic in Anaheim to win the Esports Championship Series, taking home a tidy $250,000 for their efforts.
As we said in the introduction to this column, The Boston Major has wrapped up and OG find themselves $1 million richer having bested Ad Finem in Sunday’s final. Next up, the World Cyber Arena.
StarCraft 2 is one of the few esports with one or two events left in the year, thanks to the double whammy of the World Cyber Arena and the Intel Extreme Masters. They are both taking place over the course of the next week, so keep an eye out.
Heroes of the Storm
There’s nothing more to report for Heroes of the Storm until next year, so check back then!
Overwatch is another feature at the Intel Extreme Masters later this week, and that’ll be all she wrote for the Blizzard FPS until 2017.
Another group of esports fans waiting for this week’s World Cyber Arena is Hearthstone aficionados, who can check back next week for the results.