Esports Betting Outlook: The Lull Continues Ahead Of A Major December

November 7, 2016 341 Reads
The League of Legends World Championship is over, and there are various major events right around the corner.

The good news is, there’s some early action to be had on said majors. The bad news is that there’s not much going on this week.

Where the esports betting action is…

Betway

We have nothing bad to say about Betway, as usual.

There’s not a lot of action on this week which means that we don’t have much in general to say about Betway, either.

Just keep doing what you’re doing, Betway!

SkyBet

SkyBet have another solid esports betting selection this week, as they have done week in and week out for quite a while.

Their Overwatch markets are something of a unique selling point for them this time around, and they’re often embracing the less-embraced games (last time, you’ll recall, it was Halo).

Unikrn

In times like these, Unikrn suffer.

The other major esportsbooks have something to fall back on during esports droughts, but the esports betting specialists at Unikrn don’t have that luxury and instead must present scant selections.

Bet365

Last week we complimented Bet365 on a solid selection, especially in the smaller events. This week, we’re pretty much repeating ourselves.

Dota 2 fans especially should feel very much at home here!

Pinnacle

We’ll say something positive about Pinnacle, the original esports betting site that have fallen from the pinnacle of the industry: Pinnacle’s esports Twitter account is very active and helpful.

Unfortunately the site’s offering is still quite sub-par.

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

Like a nerd who’s been hitting the gym, PaddyPower is looking unusually beefy this week with quite a lot of CS:GO action and early markets on the Boston Major. Ladbrokes has a smaller selection, but it’s not too shabby either.

The week in esports events

We’re in another lull between major events this week, which means there isn’t a lot of esports action to report. Nevertheless, here’s the news of the week that was and the week that will be.

League of Legends

Now that SK Telecom T1 have taken the world championship back to South Korea, the League of Legends world is a little snoozy. There’s still a fair few events left to take place this year, but nothing on a massive scale.

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CS:GO

CS:GO might have the most action-packed November out of all of the esports, with $500,000 in prizes up for grabs across three North American events.

The Northern Arena hits Montreal next week, with $100,000 to be won.

Dota 2

Yet again Dota 2 fans will have to wait for The Summit 6 and then the massive Boston Major for their dose of esports action. The good news is that the former event begins the week after next, so there’s not long to wait.

Heroes of the Storm

The Heroes of the Storm Fall Global Championship concluded at Blizzcon last week, with Ballistix defeating Fnatic to take a $300,000 first place prize.

Don’t feel too sorry for Fnatic, though; they’re $150,000 richer now.

StarCraft

The World Cyber Series finals took place in Anaheim last week and we saw ByUN defeat Dark to win the lion’s share of a $500,000 prize pool. The next major StarCraft event isn’t until December, though, when the WESG kicks off.

Overwatch

APEX Season 1 is ongoing and will be for the next few weeks, so sadly there’s very little to say on the Overwatch front until then.

Hearthstone 2

Pavel defeated DrHippi in the 2016 Hearthstone World Championship in Anaheim, taking home $250,000 for the victory.