Esports Betting Outlook: Enter The Lull – LoL Champions Crowned, ESL Pro League Concludes

Posted By Matt Perry on October 31, 2016 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]Spoiler alert: we have a winner.

SK Telecom 1 defeated Samsung Galaxy 3-2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to take home the League of Legends World Championship and over $2 million.

On top of that, we saw Cloud9 own the ESL Pro League and win $200,000 for their efforts.

This means we’re coming to something of a lull in the action this week, though late November and December will have some pretty spectacular events.

Where the betting action is

Betway

It’s probably not too bold a claim to make that Betway are the only site that are really and truly embracing the world of esports betting.

As always, they’ve got a solid and up-to-date selection of markets on various games, but they’ve now added extra involvement in the industry.

Betway now sponsor Ninjas In Pyjamas, and they detail the relationship on their latest blog.

SkyBet

As usual, we can’t fault SkyBet. They have a great array of esports betting options on various games and tournaments and what’s more, they continue to be the only esports betting site with a selection of Halo bets. It’s great to see new things from major sportsbooks.

Unikrn

Not a major sportsbook, but an esports betting specialist, Unikrn have disappointed in recent weeks – though, in their defence, it’s probably more that the mainstream sportsbooks are stepping up their game.

Unikrn will have to do the same to avoid their niche being swallowed up.

Bet365

Another week, another fine arsenal of esports betting markets at Bet365. They continue to offer markets on many of the smaller tournaments which is great for those seeking bigger and better betting spots.

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Pinnacle

There’s not a huge amount of change at Pinnacle, so it’s something of the same old story here. We’re still waiting for an update and a revamp from the original esports betting site.

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

PaddyPower’s selection is pretty slim this week, but they get brownie points for their early offer on the upcoming Heroes of the Storm games at Blizzcon.

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes have a similarly slim offering – but at least it’s still there!

The week in esports events

We saw a couple of major events close out this week and now it’s time to catch our breath and look ahead to the remaining premier tournaments of 2016.

League of Legends

As we said, the world champions were crowned with SK Telecom 1 taking home the honours and a tasty $2 million for their efforts.

We’ve still a pretty crowded League of Legends calendar, though, so watch this space!

CS:GO

This past weekend, we saw Cloud9 top the ESL Pro League Season 4, taking home $200,000 after finishing ahead of SK Gaming. It’s time to look ahead, though, as November is a ludicrous month for CS:GO fans.

There’s $600,000 in tournament prizes up for grabs across the next five weeks.

Dota 2

The Boston Major and its $3 million prize pool won’t take place until December, and we have The Summit 6 to tide us over until then.

However, on the Dota 2 front, there’s very little action right now.

Heroes of the Storm

We’re looking ahead to Anaheim in November for the Fall Global Championship at Blizzcon and a $1 million prize pool. For now, there’s nothing to report.

StarCraft

The World Cyber Series Global Playoffs are underway as we speak, with $500,000 up for grabs in Anaheim. We’ll let you know how that pans out this time next week.

Overwatch

Unfortunately there’s no major Overwatch action taking place at the moment, save for APEX Season One, which is ongoing in Korea.

Hearthstone 2

Hearthstone 2 is much the same as Overwatch, with no action currently underway.

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