[toc]The esports betting action this week (and for many weeks to come) is almost entirely League of Legends. Qualifiers, playoffs and exhibition matches for the Spring Split are taking place week in, week out from here until April.
Of course, after that it’s the Summer Split and Worlds, but don’t worry – there are some other games with big-money matches taking place as well.
Where to bet on esports
Bet365 has what is quite simply an astounding amount of esports betting markets on at the moment. It shouldn’t be a surprise, as its League of Legends markets have always been fantastic and there is a ton of LoL action on right now.
Not sure we’ve ever said a bad thing about SkyBet, and we’re not starting this week. It is beaten only by Bet365 in terms of sheer market numbers and even then it’s only just; its League of Legends coverage is just as extensive as anyone’s.
We’re still big fans of the esports betting offer at Betway, but as more and more sites step up their games, its outrights-only market selection begins to look a bit thin. That said, fine odds and an interesting ELEAGUE Major blog are still worthy reasons to visit.
Well-established UK bookmakers Ladbrokes are fast becoming established in the world of esports betting, with many current markets on League of Legends, CS:GO and FIFA. Its FIFA markets are definitely a nice offering that more sites should look into.
There’s not a lot to say about Unikrn this week; thanks to a lack of niche or smaller tournaments they don’t have a corner of the market to, well, corner. That means they’re offering much the same as many other sites – which isn’t a bad thing, of course.
Pinnacle hasn’t improved a huge deal on the past few weeks, but given it has come on leaps and bounds since 2016, we won’t fault the book much. It’s in need of an esports betting makeover, but less desperately now than they were.
PaddyPower has updated its esports betting page from last week, but there is very little on offer from the Emerald Isle. It is worth throwing into an odds comparison site, but keen esports bettors should probably look elsewhere.
The week in esports events
We’re still finding our feet in 2017, which means the esports betting action isn’t exactly choc-a-block at this point. Regardless, let’s take a look at what’s going on in the worlds of various games.
League of Legends
League of Legends is the dominant game on esports betting sites, and likely will be for the foreseeable future thanks to the literally dozens of Spring Split qualifiers and playoffs taking place between now and the summertime. We can’t list them all here, but if you’re a League of Legends fan you’ll know where to go.
This is a pretty good month for CS:GO players and fans alike, with the ESL Pro League Season 5 kicking off online tomorrow. On top of that, we’re just over a week away from the DreamHack Masters in Las Vegas, where a $450,000 prize pool awaits.
We have a Dota 2 double whammy in Shanghai this and next month with the StarLadder i-League and the Dota 2 Asia Championships heading to China. After that, the Kiev Major (and $3 million) looms large.
Heroes of the Storm
There’s online action aplenty with the Global Championships’ North American and European phases taking place over the next few months. From these, plus the South Korean league, we’ll see the final matches later this year.
We’re now just three weeks from the Intel Extreme Masters, where 76 StarCraft players will descend on Katowice, Poland, and compete for the lion’s share of $250,000. Until then, die-hard StarCraft fans will need to head to Korea and smaller events to get their fix.