This week is much the same as the last and the one before it, with League of Legends Split matches being the main markets for esports betting. This trend is set to continue even as other major events loom, but Dota 2 will take over in April with $3.5 million to be won.
Where to bet on esports
The continued involvement of Betway in esports goes above and beyond, as its ongoing Ninjas in Pyjamas sponsorship as well as its regular esports blog both go some way to proving. This week, two worlds collide as its blog announces the return of NiP to competitive Dota 2.
Bet365 once again has the widest range of bets and markets of all the esports betting sites, with – unsurprisingly – League of Legends fixtures dominating the lineup.
Ladbrokes has added a Street Fighter V market to its small selection this week, which alongside its FIFA bets gives them a pair of unique offers that we don’t see anywhere else. It’s the tournament winner for ELEAGUE, if you’re curious, with NuckleDu as a 5/1 favorite.
As usual, SkyBet’s esports betting offer is considerable. Also as usual, it’s a touch tricky to navigate. However, odds are that if there’s an esports match occurring now or in the next few months, you’ll have at least a few markets available.
Unikrn, like most other sites, boasts a considerable range of League of Legends markets this week. However, it’s not fully capitalizing on its esports expertise and aren’t offering a huge number of bets on smaller games.
Pinnacle continues to ride the waves of its five millionth bet, but this won’t keep it in our good graces forever. The book is still in dire need of a proverbial kick up the backside to catch back up with the many other esports betting sites that have overtaken Pinnacle.
PaddyPower has a scant selection with a trio of bets available, all of which are on Dota 2’s upcoming events.
The week in esports events
League of Legends
It seems like Spring Split playoffs and qualifiers have been “wrapping up” for a while, but there’s so many of them it takes a few weeks! This week, we’re seeing the end of no less than five.
One week from the time of writing, the Dota 2 Asian Championships and a $500,000 prize pool await us in Shanghai. After that, there’s a near-month-long gap before the behemoth that is the Kiev Major.
We’ve something of a lull in CS:GO action, at least in the live arena. While the Esports Championship Series is underway, there’s no major live events for Counter-Strike fans until the StarLadder i-League event in Kiev.
This week sees plenty of StarCraft action kicking off in (where else?) Seoul with the StarLeague Season 1 getting underway.
The Hearthstone Winter Championship begins in Nassau, Bahamas, this week, with $250,000 to be won. It makes sense, of course: The Bahamas in late March is the perfect time and climate for a winter tournament.