[toc]PaddyPower offers a market for Dota 2 betting that appears nowhere else, as more bookmakers enter the ante-post betting market for esports this week. Coral continues to be blissfully unaware of esports in its entirety in this week’s betting outlook.
The bookies and what they’re offering
Pinnacle continues to disappoint with an alarming lack of innovation or desire to keep up with other bookmakers entering the market.
It continues to offer map betting for several matches across the esports landscape in Dota, CS:GO, and League of Legends but considering it was the first bookmaker to enter the market, it has started to fall behind some of the newer entrants to the industry.
SkyBet has taken heed of the only criticism we previously had and have added some ante-post betting on The International 6 whilst continuing its comprehensive coverage of League of Legends and CS:GO.
At the moment there are no odds on matches to be played at The Summit in the Dota world, but as the schedule has only just been released we can expect SkyBet to update its offerings accordingly as it continues to lead the way in esports offerings.
Betway esports has resumed its esports content with blogs on The International appearing this week, as well as an ante-post offering on both The Summit and The International.
The blog doesn’t offer much to the hardcore Dota fan but offers a small insight for those looking to wager from outside of the esports world. It fits well with the Betway esports portal and it will be interesting to see if there is a positive reaction to the blog, and if it encourages more punters to bet on esports.
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Bet365 esports has not made any big moves this week, keeping its esports offerings constant. It continues to lead the way in ante-post betting with odds on several tournaments as well as a good depth of markets across League of Legends, Dota, and CS:GO in terms of match betting.
Not only that, but it offers ante-post betting on IEM Shanghai in Starcraft II, which we cannot find anywhere else.
Ladbrokes, PaddyPower and Coral
Ladbrokes and PaddyPower continue to offer relatively similar markets for betting on esports, with both bookmakers also now offering ante-post markets for big tournaments.
PaddyPower brings something unique to the table this week, though, with betting on the final prize pool for The International 6. It is the only bookmaker to offer the market to date with seven options for the customer to choose from.
Every week we click on the Coral esports section, hoping it will have a single offering but, yet again, there is nothing to report.
What’s on this week in esports?
There’s never a dull week in esports. Here’s what is going on this week:
League of Legends
The whole world is in League of Legends action again as the regional split continues. We are getting closer to the big competition in the summer but until then the league format action is set to continue.
The Global Starcraft II League Season 2 brings us some action from Korea this week with four of the top players entering battle as we welcome back some competitive Starcraft II.
There’s a slight lull in CS:GO betting action following the conclusion of ESL:One Cologne last weekend.
There’s still some action in Operation Kinguin but it’s slim pickings this week until the league system picks up again.
We’re nearing The International now, but the last premier tournament before the big event in Seattle is here. It’s the fan favourite event, The Summit, hosted from the Beyond The Summit event house where eight of the best teams including Manila Major champions OG will fight it out for the title.
Heroes of the Storm
The HotS action comes from DreamHack Valencia this week. There are fixtures in both Group A and Group B with some of the best European teams competing.
There is little action in Hearthstone other than a few games in China in the second half of Team Story 2.
Overwatch at first glance has a very, very busy competitive schedule. The early foundations of what could prove to be the next big esport are starting to emerge, and we could see it take off should we get some large-scale tournaments in the near future.