Esports Betting Outlook: November Doldrums Continue, But Still Plenty Of Bets To Place

Written By Matt Perry on November 14, 2016 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]If you’re looking to get some early action on the coming major events in the world of esports, then we have good news for you.

There are markets open for the World Electronic Sports Games, World Cyber Arena and The Boston Major.

If you’re looking  to check out some great esports tournament action this coming week, then the good news is a little more thin on the ground…

Where to bet on esports


Betway are still flaunting their Ninjas In Pyjamas sponsorship, and why not? They’re definitely ahead of the curve when it comes to mainstream sports betting sites getting fully involved in the esports world.

Their regular blog is still great to read, too. Oh, and on the esports betting front, they’ve opened markets for The Boston Major.


SkyBet have had some unique markets open for the past couple of weeks, but this time around they’re back to basics with their selection of esports bets.

That’s no bad thing, though, because SkyBet’s basics are still pretty damn good almost every time we check them out.


Unikrn’s awesome esports blog is still going strong, plus there’s a very nice selection of markets available.

They really benefit from this letup in major events, as Unikrn tend to be one of the only sites covering the smaller tournaments.


Once again, Bet365 presents itself as one of the best esports betting sites with a couple of early Dota 2 markets on next month’s tournaments.

That’s joined by a ton of League of Legends bets and a lesser-spotted APEX market for Overwatch.

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Pinnacle actually have quite the selection of ongoing bets at the moment. If you check out their Schedule page you still find little but outdated information, however their markets are out in force this week.

Long may it continue!

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes also boast an Overwatch market this week and we’d say that for the first time since they’ve shared a paragraph in this piece, they’re outshining PaddyPower’s own not-too-shabby selection.

The week in esports events

We’re still very much in a November hiatus, so don’t get overly excited for reports of tournaments in the week ahead.

League of Legends

League of Legends has had its moment in the sun for 2016, it seems. There are plenty of smaller events such as the Garena All-Star Championship in Vietnam, but nothing to look forward to that can come close to matching the scale of the World Championships.


On the other hand, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans can keep themselves occupied with good-sized tournaments for most of the rest of the year.

The Intel Extreme Masters XI is taking place in Oakland this week, before we head to Jönköping, Sweden, for DreamHack Winter 2016 and then over to Anaheim for the Esports Championship Series finals.

All told, there’s $1.15 million to be won between now and 2017.

Dota 2

It’s been a long wait for Dota 2 fans for another major event, but The Summit 6 is kicking off in Los Angeles this week. Less than a fortnight after that, we’ll be seeing a $3 million prize pool doled out at The Boston Major.

Heroes of the Storm

The world of Heroes of the Storm is joining League of Legends in taking a breather after they saw the Fall Global Championship concluded in Anaheim last week.

The next major event won’t take place until December when we head to Beijing.


Like many of us, StarCraft fans are waiting for the burst of major events in December. Until the WESG and WCA finals, we’ve not a lot of StarCraft action to look out for.


We’re still waiting for APEX Season 1 to conclude before we can give you any new Overwatch updates, sadly.

Hearthstone 2

Much like StarCraft, Hearthstone fans will have to wait for December’s majors before hearing anything new on the competitive front.

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