[toc]Unless you’re a diehard League of Legends fan (which, admittedly, most of our readership may well be) then the first few months of 2017 haven’t had all that much to offer on the esports betting front.
That’s all changing, though, as the League of Legends Splits and playoffs wind down and we turn to Kiev, where over $3.5 million will be won by CS:GO and Dota 2 players. On top of that, there’s a lot of action in China and eastern Asia to follow in April, too. Here we go!
Where to bet on esports
Once again, SkyBet continues to offer perhaps the largest volume of esports bets on the internet with a staggering number of markets across a variety of games. The bookmaker even features a unique Street Fighter ELEAGUE market, not to mention a ton of CS:GO odds in lesser-followed events.
Each week we continue to admire Bet365’s commitment to offering more than just outright bets, and it’s delivered for both Dota 2 and League of Legends this week. First blood; first 10, 15, and 20 kills; total towers and dragons slain… the markets are booming.
Still riding the wave of its recent revamp, the immersion of Betway in the esports world has not extended to offering the thoroughly comprehensive selection of markets provided by its rivals on the top three esports betting sites.
Pinnacle is continuing its re-ascent to the top of the esports betting world with a whole heap of new lines on upcoming majors and even some smaller tournaments, such as World of Tanks events. In terms of volume and usability, it has a long way to go, though.
Ladbrokes is continuing its esports offer admirably. While it’s one of the smaller ones available, it’s the best year-on-year improvement of any esports betting site and is also one of the only three sites this week offering World of Tanks markets.
It’s a disappointing week for Unikrn. Considering it offers esports betting exclusively, it’s been beaten to the punch on a few smaller markets by sites as small (in the esports betting sense) as Ladbrokes.
If you want to bet on the outright winner of the Kiev Major then PaddyPower is as good as any other esports betting site. If you want to bet on literally anything else, then you’re out of luck in Ireland.
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The week in esports events
This week, it’s the big three plus the new kid on the block as we have Dota 2, League of Legends, CS:GO and Overwatch events to bet on around the world.
Of course, Dota 2 is the esport most responsible for this being an absolutely killer April. That’s because of the Kiev Major, looming over the month like a $3 million behemoth. Before that, though, the Dota 2 Asia Championships conclude tomorrow.
League of Legends
This week sees the start of the Latin America North Opening Cup Playoffs, while around the rest of the world a whole plethora of events are coming to a close this month. This means League of Legends is still the foremost esport to bet on in April.
This week in Kiev, the StarLadder i-League StarSeries is pitting 16 elite CS:GO teams against one another for a $300,000 prize pool. We’ll barely have time to catch our breath before the Intel Extreme Masters XII in Sydney one month from now.
This week we’ve an Asian adventure in the world of Overwatch: no sooner does Overwatch APEX conclude in Korea than the Overwatch Pacific League kicks off in Taipei. Between the two events, there’s more than $473,000 up for grabs.