Esports Betting Outlook: CS:GO, PUBG Action Descends On IEM Oakland

Written By Laurence Stanley on November 14, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]The big three esports — CS:GOLeague of Legends and Dota 2 — are no longer taking all of the attention in the tournament space. One of the biggest PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tournaments so far will take place at IEM Oakland 2017 this week. And other esports such as Warcraft III and StarCraft have plenty going on.

  • Twelve CS:GO teams will begin the fight for $300,000 at IEM Oakland 2017 this Tuesday.
  • The final stages of LoL Nest 2017 will run this week ahead of the grand final on Sunday.
  • Ten Dota 2 teams will compete in Shanghai for the Perfect World Masters 2017 tournament.
  • PUBG shares the limelight at IEM Oakland 2017 alongside CS:GO with a $200,000 prize pool.

Where to bet on esports


Bet365 is once again showing other bookmakers how it’s done. The site has listed almost every professional CS:GO match taking place this week alongside all the top Dota 2 and LoL action. There are also fixtures available for Warcraft III, StarCraft II, PUBG and Heroes of the Storm. 

Odds for the majority of their fixtures are very competitive and well worth considering if you fancy a bet on any of the above.


Betway has listed almost identical tournaments to Bet365 besides the lack of SCII and HOTS fixtures. If you fancy a free bet or two and don’t yet have a Betway account, be sure to sign up and make the most of their generous welcome offer.

There’s also a a “Weekly Rewards” promotion running where you will get a chance to win even more free bets every week.


The choice of fixtures for SkyBet this week does seem a little odd at first glance with the lack of LoL odds. Besides that hiccup, it is one of few bookmakers to offer odds for the Hearthstone Trinity Series. CS:GO and Dota odds take up the majority of the esports section.


Pinnacle is waving the flag for World of Tanks, being one of the only sites to offer odds for the Wargaming League NA. It’s also run a similar course to SkyBet and listed odds for the Hearthstone Trinity Series as well as the Warcraft III Golden Champion Series.

As always, there are some very generous CS:GO and Dota odds available but a lack of any LoL fixtures.


There’s certainly no lack of LoL odds at Unikrn. Thankfully, this esports betting site has not forgotten about NEST 2017 as odds for the first two games of the week are up and ready for wagering.

Similar to some other sites, Unikrn also has a Discord chat room available where you can hear from other esports fans and discuss pro games as they unfold. CS:GO, Dota 2 and Hearthstone odds are also available on the site.


Another esports-only betting site to make good impressions this week is Betspawn. It’s clear it well and truly understands esports fans as it features a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti up for grabs for a lucky customer who takes part in the free esports quiz.  Graphics cards aside, there are a bunch of fun bets on offer for the IEM Oakland CS:GO games taking place this week.

A new addition to titles at Betspawn is the arrival of PUBG. Betspawn has an incredible choice of titles, markets and promotions on offer. With the new addition of PUBG, Betspawn is the most action-packed esports betting site of the week.

Unfortunately is outpaced by Betspawn’s offerings this week, but it is still well worth checking out. Although the site doesn’t have anywhere near as many titles or betting markets, its odds can occasionally be found to outperform other sites.


Esports at Unibet are currently hidden under “All Sports.” It’s a shame that the site doesn’t consider esports worthy of the front page, but it still has a good choice of tournaments to bet on. Choose from a selection of CS:GO, Dota and PUBG fixtures.

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This week in esports events

China has attracted the majority of this week’s esports events with piles of LoL, Dota and Warcraft action taking place across the country. There are still more than enough EU and US games to browse through if the time zones become an issue for viewers.

League of Legends

League of Legends is back in China after worlds for the final stages of NEST 2017. Twenty-four teams have been whittled down to just four survivors.

Invictus Gaming will play Snake Esports while LGD Gaming will take on JD Gaming. The group stages produced some interesting results, with teams such as Team WE and and Royal Never Give Up failing to reach the top 10.

Dota 2

Team Secret (4.50) is Betway’s favorite to win the Perfect World Masters in 2017, starting this Sunday. The tournament will last one week and have $300,000 up for grabs along with 300 Pro Circuit Points. Newbee is a close second favorite at odds of 4.75, with LGD Forever Young following behind.

There’s a whole heap of other Dota 2 action taking place this week. There will be games for The Captains Drift and qualifiers for DreamLeague and MDL Macau.


Starting Tuesday, 12 teams will compete for $300,000 at IEM Oakland 2017. Among the teams invited are Astralis, G2 and FaZe.

There are two teams who have reached the tournament through regional qualifiers, one of which is the heavy underdogs, TheMongolz. Also in the competition as an invite is the American squad of Cloud9, which only last week won first place at the IBUYPOWER Masters 2017.


CS:GO will no longer be taking up all the attention at IEM Oakland, as this year PUBG will be running alongside the main CS:GO event. FaZe is a strong favorite to win this event that will wrap up after just eight matches for a prize of $200,000. A total of 20 teams will compete for a chance to reach the grand final on Sunday.

Warcraft III

Starting Monday and running for the full week, the Warcraft III Golden Series will take place in Shanghai. The tournament has attracted attention from many of the top bookmakers such as Betway and Bet365.

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