[toc]Fair warning: this is going to be very League of Legends-focused.
That shouldn’t surprise anyone who follows the esports scene, as they’ll know that we have the final lineup and groups for the 2016 League of Legends World Championship.
While later on in the month that event will be joined by a ton of other tournaments, it’s going to overshadow things for a good while until it concludes in Los Angeles on Oct. 29.
What’s on offer at the esports bookmakers?
Betting-wise it’s all good in the hood, with Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive bets on offer on top of the League of Legends market.
The esports betting page at SkyBet has stayed afloat after the brief and puzzling disappearance in August. One might even say it’s back with a vengeance, given the large number of bets available on the various upcoming esports matches.
There’s not a lot of changes to report from Unikrn this week, which is perfectly fine considering how solid its esports betting offer is. The site has hit the ground running with League of Legends World Championship outrights anyway, marking ROX Tigers as runaway favorites.
It’s Bet365 that boasts the most markets for the event of the month, the (guess what) League of Legends World Championship.
On top of the outrights, Bet365 has the group bets, regional bets, team vs field, player of the tournament and the winner’s group bets. Good stuff, lads.
The latest development from Pinnacle is a slight redesign of the esports betting site, including a lot of helpful links for newcomers to the world of esports game betting.
The site is still pretty lacking in a lot of areas, though; there are quite a few out-of-date markets on the site.
PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes
The selection at PaddyPower is never stunning, but damn if it isn’t consistently decent and thoroughly on the ball. The site has immediately thrown up group, region and outright winners for League of Legends – a selection of bets that actually puts Pinnacle ahead of Unikrn.
Ladbrokes still has FIFA 17 bets dominating its page, which suits its market down to the ground.
The less said about Coral, the better…
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The week in esports events
The action is beginning to heat up this month, with a host of events set to explode onto the scene at the same time of the League of Legends World Championship.
While this week isn’t especially exciting, the end of September is going to be a great time to be an esports fan.
All quiet on the western front for Dota 2 players (until The Summit 6, that is). At the end of this month, Xiamen, China will play host to the MarsTV Dota 2 League autumn event but it looks like The International 6 hangover is still in effect.
League of Legends
As you may have ascertained from the headline and opening paragraph today, this was the big one this week and will continue to dominate esports headlines for a good while yet. We’re now looking ahead to the group stages at San Francisco’s 7,000-seat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium later this month.
Just yesterday, Ninjas in Pyjamas won the $130,000 first prize in the StarLadder i-League StarSeries, and it’s an action-packed few weeks for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans. Romania plays host to DreamHack Bucharest and a $100,000 prize pool; after that, we’re off to New York for the ESL One and $250,000.
Heroes of the Storm
No action this week for Heroes of the Storm, but keep holding your breath until the end of the month when Seoul, South Korea plays host to the finals of the Super League 3 and delivers a ₩20 million ($154,000) prize pool to three top teams.
The World Cyber Series Copa Intercontinental took place in Mexico City just this past weekend, with Snute defeating Showtime 4-2 to take the $50,000 first prize.
Next up, Starcraft fans have the 2016 KeSPA Cup to look forward to in Seoul on Sept. 27.
Blizzard’s game is still as popular as ever, but once again we must play the waiting game for the Overwatch Open Grand Finals and its $300,000 prize pool in Atlanta – that event kicks off on Sept. 25.
Nothing major to report in the world of Hearthstone 2 this week, but head to Bucharest in a few days’ time and you’ll see a few teams competing for $25,000 in the PGL Tavern Tales.