We really cannot understate the massiveness of summer in all the major games, including CS:GO. Even without The International looming over August like a multi-million dollar behemoth, there is several million to be won across all the major esports throughout June, July and August which means a booming betting market.
Where to bet on esports
For the umpteenth week in a row, SkyBet has close to zero competition in the esports betting market when we consider the sheer number of bets available. Game coverage to in-game betting, SkyBet remains king.
Pinnacle is doing some work on fixing the usability issues rampant on the site, with a bit more organization on the odds page and a little clean-up of outdated links. Aesthetically and functionally, an improvement would once again put Pinnacle top of the esports betting pile.
A perfect marriage of game coverage and usability leads to a site like Bet365, which is consistently the best place to go for esports betting markets – at least to throw into an odds comparison table with some of the competition.
Betway retains the title of “most involved sportsbook” with a dedicated esports betting page that shows exactly what a big-name sportsbook can do when it really embraces the world of esports betting. It features weekly promotions, continued team sponsorship and overall a great site.
The esports betting specialist Unikrn has had a revamp of its site. That makes many of the markets more accessible and showcases some of the lesser-known events being covered.
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The week in esports events
The action is continually heating up along with the weather as we head into summer.
Some of the bigger esports are still taking a breather ahead of some action-packed months to come, but let’s check out the week that was and upcoming major tournaments for the games that are running this week.
League of Legends
There is still a huge amount of upcoming League of Legends action over the next couple of months. But the biggest news is that SK Telecom defeated G2 Esports for the top prize of $100,000 in the Mid-Season Invitational. This week, we’ll see the conclusion of the SLO Spring Cup and EUCS Summer Qualifiers.
We’re still a little over two months away from The International and a prize pool of (so far) $10 million and climbing. Team Liquid yesterday won the StarLadder i-League and now sights are set on the Manila Masters, which takes place later on this week.
In a little more than a week, the ESL Pro League Season 5 finals take place in Dallas with $750,000 to play for. We’ll see 12 teams competing for a top prize of $225,000 across several days.
Heroes of the Storm
Sweden has been confirmed as the location of the Global Championship Mid-Season Brawl, with $250,000 to play for between 12 of the world’s best.