Esports Betting Outlook: The Boston Major Headlines An Action-Packed Year’s End

Written By Matt Perry on December 5, 2016 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]The year is winding down, which means that while some esports have been put thoroughly to bed until 2017, others are exploding in a climactic multi-million dollar finish to the year.

Let’s take a look at some of the best esports betting action heading into December.

Where the action is


This week, Betway have something extra-special by way of their Esports Leaderboard promotion. There’s some Ninjas In Pyjamas goodie bags to be won by simply placing regular esports bets in December.

Oh, and naturally their markets and whatnot are top-notch as usual, too.


Over at SkyBet we have all the markets you’d expect for CS:GO plus The Boston Major bets, while they’ve also got a few of the lesser-spotted markets out there such as smaller StarCraft 2 and League of Legends events.


Nothing shocking from Unikrn here, though we should point out that their articles could do with an update since the ELEAGUE Group D review is still proudly emblazoned in headline position despite the finals playing out this past weekend.


Bet365 have a few World Cyber Arena and Intel Extreme Masters markets up already for the early birds who fancy catching a worm.

Additionally, there is even a market for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship, for the early birds who fancy catching other early birds.


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probably won’t get paid if that happens so once again we’ll have to say that the markets are OK, the information is outdated, and the offer overall is pretty meh.

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

PaddyPower’s esports betting offers have taken a real nosedive recently, with once again a solitary market open.

On the other hand, Ladbrokes have really upped the ante with theirs and are now quite competitive.

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The week in esports events

There’s a lot concluding and a lot kicking off as the year comes to a gripping end. Let’s check out the major action that’s concluded and will be coming up.

Dota 2

The Boston Major is underway as Dota 2 teams fight for the year’s second-largest esports prize pool. The group stages have played out, and we have 16 teams through to the Main Event, which kicks off on Dec. 7.


Just last night, OpTic defeated Astralis to win the ELEAGUE Season 2 title and $400,000 in prize money after a series of intense matches.

Now we have just another few days until the finals of the Esports Championship Series in Anaheim, where $750,000 is up for grabs.

League of Legends

There’s still not a lot to report in the world of League of Legends, though paiN Gaming did win the XLG Super Cup in Brazil last night.

With a R$28,000 (US$8,090) first prize, it’s not really on the same level as The Boston Major or ELEAGUE finals, though – still, congratulations to paiN Gaming either way!

Heroes of the Storm

Now that Ballistix have won the Heroes of the Storm Gold Club World Championship (an impressive follow-up to their Fall Global Championship victory in November) there is no more Heroes of the Storm action in major tournaments for 2016.


The World Cyber Arena 2016 gets underway in China later this week, which is the event that StarCraft fans have been waiting for. After that, the Intel Extreme Masters in Korea will round off the year nicely.


Team EnVyUs won the inaugural Overwatch APEX, defeating AF.Blue and taking down the penultimate major Overwatch event of the year ahead of the Intel Extreme Masters later this month.

Hearthstone 2

Like many of us, Hearthstone 2 players are eagerly awaiting the World Cyber Arena, which begins in 10 days’ time in China.

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