[toc]The League of Legends World Championship is well and truly underway, with the quarterfinal stages set to be contested this week and a first prize of $1,658,000 up for grabs.
Be warned that the League of Legends entry at the bottom of this post will have some spoilers!
It’s not all League of Legends action, though; plenty of CS:GO events are kicking off or winding down as well as some other esports competitions. It’s a good month to be an esports fan, that’s for sure!
Where the action is
Business is booming at Betway, with a ton of markets on CS:GO competitions as well as League of Legends. If you want to bet on the Nordic Invitational, ELEAGUE, or the ESL Pro League, then look no further.
A market for World of Tanks has been added too, though currently the only bet is on it being added to the 2030 Winter Olympics at 150/1 odds. One other nice thing about Betway this week is a 25 percent extra winnings promotion on esports bets.
It’s all Counter-Strike and League at SkyBet this week, which is unsurprising since these games are dominating the premier tournament schedule at the moment. There’s nothing too shocking about their markets; solid and dependable as usual.
Unikrn are being rivaled by Betway for the number of markets this week, but they have the edge in having bets on The Summit qualifiers available. Their articles are well worth reading, too, with the latest piece on Amazon’s Twitch Prime announcement last week.
Bet365 are always excellent and this week is no exception, with a wealth of CS:GO bets headlining the action. On top of that and League of Legends, StarCraft II, The Summit qualifiers and Overwatch markets are available.
No change at Pinnacle this week, and their schedule page is getting woefully out of date with links to spring and summer esports tournaments still up on their StarCraft II page. Once again, though, we can’t fault their aesthetic and usability – we just want to see some great content backing it up!
PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes
Sadly, only PaddyPower have anything available in this trio and even then it’s a very scant offering.
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The week in esports events
It’s almost all League of Legends and CS:GO this week, but if you’re a fan of other games you can still find some action in your chosen esport.
League of Legends
Right, let’s get this out of the way.
Here’s how they’re lined up, with just one North American team in the running for $1.6 million:
- SK Telecom T1 vs. Royal Never Give Up
- ROX Tigers vs. Edward Gaming
- H2k-Gaming vs. Albus NoX Luna
- Samsung Galaxy vs. Cloud9
The world of CS:GO can rival League of Legends for esports domination at the moment. Here’s what we have lined up between now and November (deep breath):
- The World Championships 2016 (ending this week)
- EPICENTER 2016
- ELEAGUE Season 2
- Electronic Sports World Cup 2016
- ESL Pro League Finals
Heroes of the Storm
We’ve still got a good few weeks until the Heroes of the Storm Fall Global Championship begins in Anaheim and awards a $1 million prize pool. We’ll get back to you then.
We’re between the KeSPA Cup and the World Cyber Series here, but in a couple of weeks we’ll be following Anaheim’s StarCraft action.
Overwatch fans can tune in to Shanghai for the APAC Premier, or look across the water to Korea for the APEX Season 1 this week.
Qualifiers for the World Electronic Sports Games 2016 are going on in Kiev, Ukraine. Apart from that, nothing to report from the world of Hearthstone 2.
Image c/o Riot