[toc]Fair warning: It’s not a particularly action-packed week for esports unless you’re following the League of Legends playoffs and the run-up to the World Championship, which kicks off at the end of the month.
In that news, Cloud9 progressed to the regional finals after defeating Team EnvyUs, where they’ll be playing Immortals for the third North American seed to the World Championship.
The European regionals are also continuing this week.
What have we got at the esports bookmakers?
Besides these playoffs, there’s some Dota 2 action at Betway but not a lot else.
SkyBet has resurrected its esports betting page after last week’s puzzling absence, and we didn’t even get the chance to deny it thrice before the cock crowed. The site’s selection isn’t quite as full as other sites’, but it’s there and that’s something.
This is probably the first time we’ve written this guide and not had Unikrn leading the way in markets. When it doesn’t have a lot on, you know there’s not a lot on in general.
One update for Unikrn: The site has some raffles going on where you can win cool esports stuff, which is nice.
— Unikrn (@UnikrnCo) September 1, 2016
Bet365 always impresses with its range of markets on each game and this week is no exception. While there’s not a ton going on, you still have to do a good amount of scrolling to read through all the betting options. On top of that, it’s the first site we’ve seen offer a market for Vainglory, so props to Bet365.
Same old story here. Pinnacle is officially trailing in the esports betting race, which is such a shame after kickstarting the industry.
PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes
Well, at least Pinnacle is doing better than Coral, which has still yet to notice that esports betting is a thing.
PaddyPower remains totally adequate, and Ladbrokes still has the FIFA 17 markets making its offering unique.
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The week in esports events
Besides the League of Legends World Championship finalising a lineup, there’s not a vast amount of esports action to be reported on this week.
The Summit 6 begins in December, but there are no premier events scheduled until then. Just as well, really, since The International 6 awarded $20 million; there’s only so much Dota 2 money to be won!
League of Legends
This is the big one for the week, with the Unicorns of Love taking on Splyce in the EU regionals as this is being published. The World Championship will take place starting in San Francisco at the end of the month and we’ll of course keep you posted.
Season 4 of the ESL Pro League in Europe and North America is ongoing and will be for the remainder of the month, providing some opportunity for CS:GO betting. The finals will take place in Brazil at the end of October, with $750,000 up for grabs.
Heroes of the Storm
In Heroes of the Storm news, the Super League 2016 is ongoing while we wait for November’s Global Championship and a $1 million prize pool in Anaheim.
The Starcraft 2 Copa Intercontinental is heading to Mexico City next week with a $50,000 prize pool being awarded. ¡Muy bien!
Just between us, we think this Overwatch game might become quite popular. Blizzard’s latest smash hit has its inaugural Overwatch Open Grand Finals at the end of this month with a $300,000 prize pool.
That’s not bad for a four-month old game.
Unfortunately, Hearthstone 2 fans have to wait for the World Cyber Arena 2016 in Yinchaun, China, for any premier tournaments.