The World Electronic Sports Games wrapped up in China this past week, with millions of dollars won and several champions crowned across many major esports disciplines. Naturally, this post contains spoilers.
Where to bet on esports
SkyBet easily has the biggest selection of esports bets going this week, with a ton of League of Legends markets and of course the ELEAGUE Major. In addition, there are a few smaller tournaments like the StarCraft Afreeca Starleague that aren’t on the radar of many.
Betway is continuing its trend of total esports immersion, with a brand-new timely blog about “Memorable Major Moments” in big CS:GO tournaments, just in time for next week’s ELEAGUE Major. It goes without saying that its selection of bets is pretty good, too; that said, it’s lacking the variety of many other sites this week.
Unikrn is inundated with League of Legends bets at the moment, with well over a hundred different bets available for the Split qualifier matches. It’s not all League, if you’re after something else, but you need to sift through a lot of markets to find other games.
Bet365 is also almost entirely dominated by League of Legends bets this week, alongside of course the ELEAGUE Major markets. In addition, it’s offering a good selection on the Starleague alongside SkyBet, so they’re both worth a look for prospective StarCraft gamblers.
Despite Pinnacle’s unintuitive layout and outdated schedule, its Latest Odds page does at least have ELEAGUE Major live markets headlining front and center. That’s a big plus for them this week, so they may be worth a look for in-play bets on CS:GO.
The lads at Ladbrokes have a good amount of current markets and a better amount of future betting options on upcoming events. Once again, it’s continuing to come into its own as an esports betting site and we’re excited to see what 2017 brings.
The guys from the Emerald Isle have a good amount of League markets, as well as the ELEAGUE bets we’d expect. It also has the Dota Pit outrights on top of the page, which is a nice surprise as its esports offering has been somewhat lacking recently.
The week in esports events
There’s only the tiniest lull this week, as the past week was a multi-million dollar spectacular. You know how it is. Let’s take a look at the week that was and what’s to come in the wide world of esports.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the one to watch this month, as no sooner did we finish up WESG than we find ourselves a week away from the $1 million ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta. Over in China, Team EnVyUs lived up to their name by taking home the $800,000 first prize, defeating Team Kinguin.
Usually League of Legends is the esport involving a split, but Dota 2 is heading to Split, Croatia, for the Dota Pit League next week. This follows a big edition of the WESG for Dota 2 in which TNC Pro Team defeated Cloud9 for an $800,000 prize.
League of Legends
League of Legends is one of the few esports that didn’t award huge prizes in China this past week, but it’s making up for it by getting underway with the Spring Split qualifiers. They’re running the world over from tomorrow until April.
Hearthstone was one of the smaller WESG events, but that term is used lightly as victor Staz still walked away from the final match against Orange $150,000 richer than when he sat down. The next big event on the Hearthstone calendar is yet to be announced.
Heroes of the Storm
One of few games with no presence at the WESG, Heroes of the Storm still has one of the more packed calendars of early 2017 with Global Championship events taking place online over the next few months.
The StarCraft side of WESG found itself somewhat dwarfed by the newer esports, but TY still won $200,000 for besting Maru in the final best-of-seven match. The Intel Extreme Masters XI is next up on the list, kicking off at the end of February.
There is still very little going on in the world of Overwatch, unfortunately.