Esports Betting Outlook: Overwatch League Is Here

Written By Laurence Stanley on January 9, 2018 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

It’s a rarity that CS:GO has so little going on but it’s given the likes of Call of Duty and Overwatch a chance to shine with two huge events starting over the next few days.

  • MLG host CWL New Orleans on Friday, one of the largest Call of Duty tournaments of the year with a prize pool of $200,000.
  • The 2018 Overwatch League begins this week with $1 million up for grabs and 12 teams in the running.
  • ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifiers take place over the weekend as one of the few CS:GO events taking place this week.

Where to bet on esports

With both Overwatch and Call of Duty taking most of the spotlight, you’ll want to find a betting site that lists odds for esports other than League of Legends, CS:GO and Dota 2. Luckily, there are plenty to choose from and we’ve listed the best of the bunch down below.


Fans of LoL will definitely want to check out Bet365 this week, as there are hundreds of betting markets available for LPL, LCK, EU & NA LCS.

Elsewhere on the site you can find odds for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, CS:GO, StarCraft II, Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm, King of Glory, Overwatch, Hearthstone and Warcraft III. In essence, they have almost every esports tournament in existence on offer at Bet365.


Betway has really expanded its range of titles and tournaments on offer in recent weeks. There’s almost as many games to bet on as Bet365, but with the added bonus of having plenty of esports promotional offers too. New customers can get their hands on a 100 percent free esports bet up to £30.

Ongoing customers need not miss out too, as Betway is offering free bets of up to £20 for completing weekly objectives.


SkyBet has a healthy selection of esports available for an all-sports bookmaker. Alongside its more popular sport such as football and horse racing, you’ll be able to find great odds for LoL, CS:GO, StarCraft II, Dota 2 and more. Whether it’s pre-game or in-play, SkyBet is always worth taking a look at.


Pinnacle is yet another betting site that have gone all out on including odds for a large variety of esports. Its esports section is sometimes lacking in choice but this week, it’s as busy as can be. If you’re looking to get the best odds for your esports betting, Pinnacle is is the site for you.


There have been some small improvements made over at the Betspawn site. It’s now much easier to see what esports are currently available to bet on, as its has separated them from those that are “currently inactive.”

As ever, its active list is full to the brim with practically every esports tournament in existence available to bet on. Be sure to check out its new Profit Boost promotion, where Betspawn will boost the odds of some accumulator bets up to 30 percent.

Although it has been known to lack choice in the past, is throwing its weight this week with a whole bunch of esports and tournaments to choose from. This esports betting site is definitely one to check out, as it regularly posts free-bet promotions on its homepage.


There may not be any mid-week special promotions up for grabs at Unikrn, but its extremely generous welcome bonus is still yours for the taking. Deposit £25 and Unikrn will give you a 200 percent bonus up to £50, giving you £75 to play with. Whether you’re using pounds or their very own Unikrn Gold (UKG) to bet with, there’s plenty of esports betting markets to check out.


There’s still £30 on offer for new customers at Unibet this week. This can be used on esports or traditional sports, which take up the majority of its site. Fear not, though: there’s five different esports on offer, including CS:GO, Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm.

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This week in esports events

League of Legends is seemingly quiet ahead of the 2018 season next week. CS:GO is also much quieter than usual, although we will have a taste of the ELEAGUE Major action as the Main Qualifiers take place over the weekend.

Call of Duty

A grand total of 272 teams will compete at CWL New Orleans in this huge CoD tournament for a respectable prize pool of $200,000. A total of 25,000 Pro Point series are also up for grabs at the event, which will take place starting Friday. Hosted by MLG, CWL New Orleans comes just weeks before the Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League, which has a prize pool of $700,000.


Twelve teams will compete as part of the Overwatch League, starting this Wednesday. The league season will run up until the final on July 28, where $1 million will be awarded to the winning team. The first season of the Overwatch League will take place at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles. London Spitfire and Seoul Dynasty are currently joint favorites to win the competition at odds of 3.00 (2/1).


Following a quiet few weeks in CS:GO, the scene is slowly warming back up with the arrival of the ELEAGUE Main Qualifiers, which begin this Friday. A total of 16 teams will compete for eight spots in the main event, which has a prize pool of $1 million. Eight teams are already confirmed for the main event, including Virtus Pro and SK Gaming, who both qualified following their performance at PGL Krakow 2017.

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