Esports Betting Outlook: League Of Legends Semifinals And Much More Action

Written By Matt Perry on October 17, 2016 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]The League of Legends World Championship is once again overshadowing other events this week, with the semifinals playing out in Madison Square Garden.

It’s pretty awesome for esports to be played at perhaps the world’s most famous venue, but there are many other tournaments going on around the world this week. Let’s check them out.

What’s on at the esports betting sites


Betway are giving as solid an esports offer as ever, plus the esports blog has another update with a great report on CS:GO and the ELEAGUE Major.

Regarding esports betting, there’s a wide selection of CS:GO and League of Legends bets headlining the action. They’re also pushing their ever-more-active Betway Esports Twitter page.


SkyBet are thoroughly back on the esports bandwagon after a few so-so weeks, with Overwatch markets joining their extensive offer for League of Legends championships, CS:GO  tournaments and Dota 2 qualifiers.


The specialists are still pretty special, boasting “the ultimate esports experience” with a nice range of markets on some of the smaller events as well as qualifiers for The Summit 6 and the major CS:GO tournaments.

And yes, they’ve a nice selection of League of Legends bets going, too.


Once again, we’ve no complaints about a great esports betting offer from Bet365.

Their League of Legends markets remain top-of-the-line, while a comprehensive range of CS:GO tournament markets put them in the number one spot for that particular game this week, too.


Pinnacle are still not giving us a whole heap to write home about, but it’s certainly a very user-friendly experience for those new to the world of esports betting.

PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes

Last week, Ladbrokes gave us a mystery to ponder when they removed their esports betting markets entirely. They’ve since reinstated them though, which is great news for Ladbrokes esports fans.

Coral are still esports no-shows, but this might change after a merger with Ladbrokes.

The week in esports events

Obviously, the semifinals of the League of Legends World Championship are the big fixture this week.

However, fans of other games still have a lot to be excited about as we continue a jam-packed month this October.

League of Legends

North America will have to wait another year for a League of Legends championship, as Cloud9 fell at the quarterfinal stages to remove the continent from contention.

Here’s how the semifinals line up this week:

  • SK Telecom T1 vs. ROX Gaming: Oct. 21, 18:00 ET
  • Samsung Galaxy vs. H2k: Oct. 22, 18:00 ET


We’re continuing an absolutely fantastic time for fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with $2,875,000 in prizes yet to be won between now and the end of the year.

The $1.1 million ELEAGUE Season 2 kicks off this week, as well as the $500,000 EPICENTER 2016 in Moscow.

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Dota 2

Qualifiers for The Summit 6 are underway, and the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational is the next thing for Dota 2 fans to look forward to, but alas not until next month.

Why not watch the CS:GO action instead?

Heroes of the Storm

Blizzcon’s $1 million prize pool for the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship awaits 12 finalists in Anaheim next month, but for now we’ll just have to be waiting ourselves.


Everybody’s favourite original esports sensation has nothing going on until next week, when the World Cyber Series Global Playoffs begin and end with the finals in Anaheim, with 16 teams competing for $500,000 in prizes.


The next big thing in esports isn’t quite big enough for multi-million dollar events this week, unfortunately for Overwatch fans.

Hearthstone 2

Nothing to report on the Hearthstone 2 front, either – let’s wait our turn.

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