Esports Betting Report: Calm Before The Storm With StarLadder Invite

Written By Matt Perry on May 15, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]While we are coming up to a thoroughly action-packed summer of esports tournaments and esports bets, including The International in August and a multi-million dollar summer for CS:GO players, this week is a bit slow in terms of esports betting action.

With League of Legends Splits and Playoffs winding down for the moment, this might be the slowest week of the year so far. But there is still plenty to bet on.

Where to bet on esports


If there’s one way to tell whether or not it’s a dull week in the world of esports betting it’s by looking at the selection on SkyBet. This week, SkyBet’s list of markets is only a million miles long instead of the usual light years.


Unikrn has seized the opportunity afforded by a slower week to really showcase specialist skills. This week, the site has a range of bets on various games including some of the smaller CS:GO tournaments.


The Betway revamp continues; this week the site boasts a streamlined and heavy esports betting selection. It’s great to navigate, but the minimalist approach has also been applied to the betting markets with only the major three games covered now.


Still the site with the most esports betting markets alongside SkyBet, Bet365 also showcases the lack of action this week with a comparatively low number of esports bets available. It’s still more than all but one other site, of course, but it’s the lowest its been this year.


Of course, we’re looking at the same old story with Pinnacle. The site desperately needs to refocus its energy on esports bets if it wants to remain competitive. However, in Pinnacle’s defense, it’s still doing very well in taking bets, so what do we know?

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The week in esports events

Now, let’s take a look at the week that was in the world of esports, as well as all the upcoming events.

Dota 2

This week, eight top teams will head to Shanghai for the StarLadder i-League Invitational and the $100,000 prize pool that goes with it. However, next week sees the start of the Manila Masters, a $250,000 affair just across the sea.

League of Legends

The Mid-Season Invitational ends one week from today, and the SLO Spring Cup a week after that. However, this week there will be no major victories on the League of Legends front.


Since SK won the Intel Extreme Masters XII in Sydney, there have been no further major events in the world of CS:GO – though, to be fair, it has been only a week. There will be more than $1.3 million to play for in both June and July, though, so watch this space.

Heroes of the Storm

The Global Championship Phase #1 concluded across the world last week, with Fnatic taking down the Europe Pro League, Tempo Storm crushing the North America Pro League and L5 topping the competitive Korean league.


The CN vs EU Championship saw a thoroughly Chinese victory, as both the first place and runner-up spots bore a red flag. XHope wound up defeating Dogggg in the final to keep the top two prizes on Chinese soil.

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