Here’s the weekly round-up as to what’s happening at esports betting sites as well as the major events going on this week.
The bookies and what they’re offering
Pinnacle has odds-on the majority of the action, as we’ve come to expect from one of the few esports-orientated bookmakers on the market.
It has a wider array of Dota action than available on SkyBet, yet the markets are limited, as is normal when it is not Tier 1 teams in action. Nevertheless, Pinnacle has odds-on a lot of the lesser competition across all three big esports.
At the moment, it’s just a single market for outright match winner, but it looks like the intent is to fully diversify SkyBet’s offerings. The markets on CS:GO and League are relatively limited this week, mainly due to the fact that top tier teams aren’t competing in many of the fixtures.
However, the ESL One Frankfurt odds are up for Dota 2 and SkyBet is offering a total of 11 markets initially on each fixture. SkyBet continues to lack on ante-post betting.
Betway went big on the Dota 2 Manila Major last week but is slow to pick up this week.
There are no odds ahead of ESL Frankfurt just yet and as a result no ante-post offering is available. The offerings are disappointing as well, with only match-betting markets available this week across all esports.
Bet365 bizarrely has no Dota odds yet this week. However, it continues to expand other offerings with Heroes of the Storm featured and a good range of CS:GO markets, including ante-post betting ahead of the ECS Finals.
There’s also limited odds on League of Legends this week.
Ladbrokes, PaddyPower and Coral
Ladbrokes is offering its typical match-betting but only on CS:GO games this week. Only match-betting is available, along with some small ante-post markets, ahead of the games in Wembley this weekend.
PaddyPower has match-betting on some of the CS:GO action and the League action, with small ante-post markets available for the CS:GO ELEAGUE this weekend. Coral’s esports section continues to gather dust with nothing to report.
What’s on this week in esports?
There’s plenty of action for esports fans across multiple platforms this week. Here’s a glance:
League of Legends
It’s more of the same from the professional League scene this week with an action-packed week across all regions, including China, Korea, Europe and North America. Many top teams are in action and plenty of the lesser known teams aspiring to reach the top level as well.
It’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Some of the top names in StarCraft will fight it out in GSL Season 2, as the StarCraft scene, with six matches this week, is seeing one of the busiest stretches of action in recent memory.
It’s a relatively quiet week with the big ECS Season 1 LAN at Wembley Arena coming later in June.
There’s still action from Operation Kinguin and the Razer Rising Stars League for those desperately craving some Counter-Strike action. ELEAGUE also continues with some of the bigger teams facing off in the early part of this week.
As one tournament ends, another begins.
The Manila Major concluded dramatically on Sunday with Team OG becoming the first-ever team to win two Valve events.
Now, we’re onto ESL One Frankfurt where a packed Commerzbank Arena will see eight of the top teams compete as the run up to The International continues. There’s also action in smaller tournaments where some of the Tier 2 teams are featured.
Heroes of the Storm
HotS is back underway with Dreamhack Group Stages continuing this week.
There’s action in China this week as Hearthstone Team Story continues.
Competitive play is edging closer and closer to completion, and when it’s released the scene may well explode. At the moment, the tournaments are low key but growing in popularity. It may not be long before a big Overwatch tournament hits the scene.
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