After this, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans have a fantastic summer to look forward to with more than $2.5 million to play for over the course of three months.
Where to bet on esports
The new look at Betway has finally transferred fully over into its esports betting section, making it one of the more slick and usable esports betting sites on the market. It also has also no shortage of bets, though Betway is probably a little outside the top three if that’s the metric we’re measuring by.
Bet365 remains one of the best sites for in-play and pre-match esports bets, with a selection of markets that covers not only a wide scope of games but also goes in-depth regarding esports-specific bets.
SkyBet continues to offer a list of esports betting markets as long as your arm. Longer, in fact, even if you’re Michael Phelps – you have to do a lot of scrolling to get through all of the esports fixtures, and each of those has up to a dozen further markets.
Pinnacle still has some catching up to do in order to take back the title of world’s best esports betting site, but it still remains one of the better hubs for betting markets on the bigger esports tournaments.
Ladbrokes continues to be the only site offering bets on FIFA, which is something that other classic online sportsbooks need to consider – a perfect marriage of esports and live sports. In other markets, it’s still going fairly strong on the more mainstream games.
Unikrn is dominated by League of Legends bets this weeks, which is no surprise. However, its long list of more niche esports bets remains without any markets. This is an area in which it shines, so we hope to see more from Unikrn soon.
PaddyPower continues to be the least esports-focused of the major sportsbooks, with just five markets available for budding esports gamblers.
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The week in esports events
The week ahead is relatively empty, but things are beginning to pick up outside of the world of League of Legends with a Shanghai showdown followed by an action-packed April.
The Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017 get underway in Shanghai today, with a hefty $500,000 prize pool awaiting the best of 12 teams. At the end of April, though, it’s the big one as The Kiev Major kicks off.
Next week will be a good one for CS:GO players, as 16 teams head to Kiev to compete for $300,000 in the StarLadder i-League StarSeries. After this, it’s the Summer of Counter-Strike; a total of $2.5 million is up for grabs in major events from May through August.
League of Legends
We’re beginning to come to the end of the dominance of League of Legends bets in our lineup, with many of the Spring Playoffs taking place over the next two weeks ahead of the Mid-Season Invitational at the end of April.
This week the StarCraft II StarLeague continues in Seoul, with more than $120,000 to be won between now and June. Things don’t go international for the Koreans until the end of April, when they head to Austin, Texas.
At the end of next week we’ll be gearing up for the Overwatch Pacific League in Taipei, with eight teams competing for over $270,000.
The 2017 Hearthstone Winter Championship concluded under the bright sunshine of Nassau in the Bahamas this week, with ShtanUdachi defeating Fr0zen to win the lion’s share of a $250,000 prize pool.