[toc]Last week saw the League of Legends world glued to its screens as the North American and European Summer Split Playoffs concluded.
In Europe, G2 Esports put in a crushing performance against Splyce to win its second consecutive playoff. Across the Atlantic, Team SoloMid defeated Cloud9 3-1 to take the first seed to the upcoming World Championship.
Let’s dig into what’s going on this week.
The big names of esports betting
As usual, Betway is on the metaphorical ball when it comes to esports betting. Its esports betting page is already headlined by the League of Legends 2016 International Wildcard Qualifier, for which they have a good few markets open.
On top of that, their continued esports blog now discusses the topical breakup of Fnatic’s latest roster with comparisons to 17th century Sweden. Obviously.
Last week, we said that SkyBet had a pretty impressive amount of betting options for esports. This week, when one clicks through to SkyBet’s esports betting page, there’s a 404.
According to a customer service representative on Twitter, Skybet’s esports betting page “will only be available when there are esports events to bet on.” Considering most other sites on this list have anything from eight to 18 events with multiple betting markets open, that’s disappointing.
The specialists of this industry, Unikrn have by far the widest selection of events available to bet on with 18 different matches, each boasting multiple markets.
CS:GO dominates the site’s offerings with the World Cyber Arena, Champions League and many other games across the Counter-Strike world. Dota 2 and League of Legends are naturally well up there as well.
Bet365 are the big boys of the sports betting world and its selection of esports betting markets is ramping up – then again, there is quite a lot going on. The site has 12 different events available, which is pretty impressive even stacked up against Unikrn.
We’ve been singing the same old song with regards to Pinnacle for a good few weeks now, but in our defence it has been giving us the same lyrics.
The first site to embrace the esports betting market has still not offered anything too fresh and is beginning to fall behind a lot of those who started after. We called Pinnacle “dated” last week, and the fact that it is still displaying markets for events that finished in March isn’t helping the site’s cause.
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PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes
PaddyPower has really scaled back on its markets this week, which is odd to see because there’s not exactly a lack of action. Many of the tournaments currently ongoing are minor ones, but it would still be nice to have the option to bet on them. Still, there are infinitely more options there than at Coral!
Ladbrokes remain the only site to offer a FIFA 17 selection of bets, which seems a no-brainer for a lot of the sports betting sites. What more natural transition for a regular sports bettor is there than FIFA?
The week in esports events
The Dota 2 world is still taking time to catch its breath after The International 6, with no premier events scheduled until December when The Summit 6 begins.
League of Legends
As mentioned, the EU and NA Summer Split LCS are done and dusted with the first and second worldwide seeds established. Just the International Wildcard Qualifier is left to play for now before the World Championship begins in San Francisco next month.
In the world of actual games, though, we’ve got the Global Offensive Champions League and Epicenter added to the schedule alongside the ESL Pro League.
Heroes of the Storm
The ESL North America Fall Regional Championship 2 begins this week, with $100,000 to be won at PAX West, Seattle. Murloc Geniuses and Gale Force eSports both qualified from the first regional.
This week it’s Starcraft that has the tumbleweed entry, but the Copa International in Mexico City has $50,000 waiting for players in couple of weeks’ time.
The grand finals of the Overwatch Open will be starting at the end of September, with $100,000 awaiting the champion of two dozen teams from Europe and North America.
In Birmingham, England, the Insomnia58 TrueSilver Championship crowned Ek0p the winner of the title and $10,000. It looks like there’s a good-sized gap in the Hearthstone 2 schedule now, though.