[toc]We’re now two weeks past The International 2016 and its record-breaking $9.1 million first prize, which means that the esports world can begin to bounce back after the deep breath it took last week.
That means things are starting to heat up again, and that means the esports betting action is doing the same.
The big boys of esports betting
Betway are still leading the way with new esports content – and not just in terms of its betting markets. Currently, a €5 free bet awaits players who take a survey to help them improve their esports betting offer; it’s great to see an already-strong site aiming to improve.
Again outside of betting, the regular esports blog at Betway is still going strong. This week, we’re exploring “The Aftermath of TI6.” This blog takes a long, hard look at the state of esports (notably Dota 2) in Europe.
In last week’s outlook, we mentioned that SkyBet had an impressive amount of betting options available for esports matches. It’s true, as each match in the World Cyber Arena 2016 has anywhere from seven to 15 different bets available.
That said, we can’t be overly complimentary each week; it’s only fair to mention there are definitely some limitations in the number of actual esports available. It would be nice to see SkyBet add more than the “big three” games to their page.
Speaking of more than the “big three”, here come Unikrn with their wide selection of available games. The site is still holding the first prize in that category, and we’ve yet to see another esports betting site give us the option to bet on niche games like World of Tanks.
We’ve often complimented the great design of the site, and this week there’s additional content to sink your teeth into at the bottom of the page; they have a few columns and blogs for the esports gambling connoisseur.
In the sports betting world at large, it’s tough to knock Bet365. In esports, it’s a smidgen easier as the site continues to go only just above and beyond the bare minimum.
Don’t get us wrong, its selection is respectable, but it’s been “only” respectable for a few weeks now and it would be great to see more from a site that we know can deliver the goods.
Pinnacle have still not parlayed its running start in the world of esports betting into anything astounding. In fact, despite a great aesthetic and new page layout, it’s starting to feel a tad dated.
For example, while there is a selection of esports betting articles, the most recent was uploaded during The International 6. That wouldn’t be so bad, if the one before it wasn’t from October 2015.
PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes
PaddyPower got a good bit of praise from us when it introduced a market to bet on the final prize pool of The International, so it’s a bit disheartening to see such a limited selection of bets now. If you want to bet on something other than the match winners, tough luck!
Ladbrokes are similarly restricted in its options, but both still have infinitely more than Coral!
The week in esports events
There’s no sitting back on laurels for Dota 2 players, since the ProDota Cup is underway.
Of course, there’s just a touch less glitz and glamour about this than about The International – the first prize for this is a good deal shorter at $3,500.
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League of Legends
The eyes of the esports world are moving away from Dota 2 and fixing firmly on League of Legends, since this week we have Summer Split finals in Europe, North America, Korea and China. After these games, we’ll have a World Championship lineup.
The 2016 League of Legends World Championship kicks off on September 29.
As well as the aforementioned World Cyber Arena, the StarLadder StarSeries XII is underway with a decent enough $18,000 up for grabs for the winner. Most of the CS:GO news this week (and indeed in many recent weeks) has been related to skin gambling, which is somewhat unfortunate.
Heroes of the Storm
The Global Circuit is in full swing for Heroes of the Storm players, with two teams already moving to the Philippines National Finals on their way to represent Southeast Asia on a global level.
The days of the words “esports” and “Starcraft” being synonymous are long gone, and the one-time king of the esports world has nothing of note going on this week.
Cologne, Germany, played host to the largest Overwatch tournament we’ve seen so far last week with a $100,000 prize pool going, the lion’s share of which went Rogue’s way. We’re looking forward to bigger and better Overwatch tournaments in the future.
Just like last week, there’s scant action to wager on with Hearthstone 2 at the moment.