Esports Betting Outlook: More Events Than You Can Count As LoL World Championship Begins

Posted By Matt Perry on September 26, 2016 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]The League of Legends World Championship gets underway this week, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that this leaves other games hiding in its shadow. There’s a ton going on across the board for the next month.

Naturally, the late September and October action is dominated by the multi-million dollar Worlds, but there’s a vast amount of money being given away in almost all the major esports. Let’s take a look at the esports betting first.

Where to find the betting action this week

Betway

We already know that the League of Legends markets are going to be the main markets in all the good esports bookmakers. Because of this, we’re going to stick to mentioning coverage of other games.

At Betway, there’s a good amount of CS:GO action but sadly not a lot else. However, their new blog Getting into eSports is well worth a read if you’re not already a Fnatic fanatic.

SkyBet

SkyBet have opened up a market for the Overwatch Open, with several betting options on each of the day’s matches.

On top of that, they have a good selection of CS:GO bets available as well as some Dota 2 action.

Unikrn

The esports betting specialists at Unikrn are unique in that they have markets open for the smaller, non-premier esports events.

For that reason, there’s a lot more Dota 2 betting to be done here than at many other bookmakers.

Bet365

Bet365 are actually in the minority in that the League of Legends bets aren’t totally overshadowing all other games. Don’t get us wrong, there’s a nice amount of bets there, but it’s the CS:GO tournaments that are really being showcased on this page.

Pinnacle

We’ve seen an update from Pinnacle this week, with the addition of a Betting Help section giving new gamblers an introduction to esports betting odds, the games themselves, and upcoming tournaments.

It’s refreshing to see some new content from the original esports bookmakers at long last.

PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes

PaddyPower have still given esports not much more than a cursory section, but it’s better than many bookmakers – we’re looking at you, Coral.

There’s no change at Ladbrokes, though it is still the only place to go for FIFA bets.

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The week in esports events

This week is pretty action-packed, but that’s nothing compared to the month of October. Hold on to your hats, esports fans – we’re in for a hell of a ride these next few weeks.

Dota 2

The bad news is that there’s still nothing on in the world of Dota 2 until The Summit 6 at the end of the year. The good news is that the ESL One Genting, with a $250,000 prize pool, as well as the $125,000 Dota Pit League Season 5 have been announced for January 2017.

League of Legends

The League of Legends World Championship begins on Sept. 29. We may have mentioned it once or twice.

It’s starting in San Francisco, then moving to Chicago for the quarter-finals, heading to New York for the semis, and then concluding in Los Angeles at the end of October.

CS:GO

Let’s not forget about everybody’s favorite first-person shooter.

Between the time of writing and the end of October there is a whopping $2,625,000 up for grabs in tournaments across Europe and the Americas. Counter-Strike fans, wait your turn; your game will be dominating this weekly report next month.

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm players will have to wait their turn too, because the conclusion of the 2016 Super League isn’t upon us until the end of this week. There’s a $154,000 prize pool going in Seoul, though; you’ll hear all about it this time next Monday.

Starcraft

The O.G. of mainstream esports, Starcraft 2, sees players are duking it out in Seoul for the KeSPA Cup this week. After that, it’s the $500,000 World Cyber Series Global Playoffs and the finals in Anaheim.

Overwatch

The Overwatch Open is now underway in Atlanta, with the inaugural tournament giving away a tasty $300,000.

We’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum for this week, but suffice to say there are still a fair few teams well in the running for the $100,000 first prize.

Hearthstone 2

In the Hearthstone 2 world, Ukraine’s DrHippi won the 2016 Europe Summer Championship Tour in California for $25,000, but that’s all she wrote for this particular esports section.

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