Esports Betting Outlook: CS:GO ELEAGUE Major Begins In Atlanta

Written By Matt Perry on January 23, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]This week we’re seeing one of the bigger Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events kick off as CS:GO players compete for the ELEAGUE Major and $1 million in Atlanta. On top of that, the League of Legends world continues to dominate the esports betting world with a ton of Split qualifiers and competitions throughout the month.

Where to bet on esports


SkyBet is leading the way in terms of the sheer number of esports betting options this week, though it has chosen to host some lesser-known StarCraft 2 markets as opposed to the upcoming Dota Pit League or other events. However, Sky’s Spring Split selections are great.


Coming up rapidly behind SkyBet is Bet365, with a great number of in-depth options on all manner of League of Legends matches and outcomes. There are fewer available for the ELEAGUE Major, though still enough to satisfy all but the most die-hard of fans.


This week, Unikrn made a significant announcement; it has formed a partnership with CS:GO Team Big. This involves the esports betting specialists investing in the team, and mirrors Betway’s Ninjas In Pyjamas sponsorship. Things like this can only be good for esports and esports betting.


The involvement of Betway in esports and its excellent blog have always impressed us. But for the second week running its selection isn’t particularly outstanding, with only a couple of CS:GO and League of Legends markets available.


Ladbrokes has continued to make great strides forward in the world of esports betting, with a fine number of League of Legends outrights on offer. It is also remaining the only site to offer a FIFA market.


There’s not a lot we can say about Pinnacle that we haven’t been saying for the past few weeks.  Instead, we shall say this: their ELEAGUE Major markets are looking pretty tasty.


Again, PaddyPower finds itself slipping, with the Dublin boys offering merely a single set of markets on a single event. Granted, it is the biggest event of the week, but still…

The week in esports events

CS:GO and League of Legends are the main esports to keep an eye on this week, as we mentioned. There are a few other events upcoming, though, so let’s check out the best and the rest.


Naturally, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive headlines this week’s esports action as the ELEAGUE Major kicked off yesterday in Atlanta. There are 16 teams competing for $1 million in prize money, and we’ll have the results for you this time next week.

League of Legends

The Splits are ongoing in the world of League of Legends, with:

  • ECS Spring Split
  • CKR Spring Split
  • LPSL Spring Split
  • LCK Spring Split
  • LPL Spring Split

Dota 2

Speaking of splits, Dota 2 competitors are heading to Split, Croatia, this week for the Dota Pit League and a $136,345 prize pool. After that, the StarLadder i-League StarSeries awaits in Shanghai alongside an additional $300,000.

Heroes of the Storm

The European and North American legs of the Global Championship Pro League are underway online, but there are no live events for a while. The South Korean phase of the aforementioned will be live in Seoul, if you’re desperate.


There are no major StarCraft events on the calendar until the Intel Extreme Masters XI in Katowice, Poland, at the end of next month.

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