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Esports Betting Outlook: Esports Betting In 2017

December 29, 2016

With 2016 wrapped up and a whole new and exciting year ahead of us, the world of esports betting has never been brighter.

We’ll be kicking off the year with a bang almost immediately, as the World Electronic Sports Games in China will be awarding literally millions of dollars to champions of various esports.

With dozens of major events across many of the most popular games taking place across the year, and many more to be announced, let’s check out the best esports and esports betting sites for 2017.

The best esports betting sites for 2017

Betway

Throughout the past year we have consistently rated Betway as one of the top esports betting sites available and they show no sign of stepping down from that podium this year.

They’ve really embraced the world of esports and consistently offer thorough and competitive markets on major and minor events.

Bet365

UK bookmaker Bet365 have a reputation for quality across the world of sports, and the same is true of their esports offer.

We’ve always been fans of their comprehensive selection of bets, and while they haven’t climbed aboard the bandwagon as thoroughly as Betway have they’re still among the leading operators.

SkyBet

Rounding out our trio of favourite esports betting sites is SkyBet, another site with consistently varied offers and in-depth markets on many of the major events. Like Bet365, there is room for improvement in their non-betting offer, but we can’t fault them for their esports betting selection.

Unikrn

Unikrn are unique in that their speciality is in esports betting.

This, of course, has pros and cons. They often cover many of the smaller tournaments and have a host of niche markets; however, their lines are likely to be a lot tougher to beat as it’s their primary focus.

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes are a latecomer to the world of esports betting, until recently operating only a scant and cursory selection of markets. Alas, in the past couple of months they’ve rocketed up in our esteem with many varied offers on numerous games.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle were the first major bookmaker to offer esports betting, and while there’s nothing wrong with their markets or prices, they’ve fallen far behind many rivals in terms of extra-curricular content. For example, their articles and schedule pages are often very outdated.

Despite this, they proudly boast the eGR Esports Operator Of The Year award for 2016. It pays to be the first!

PaddyPower

Speaking of scant and cursory, PaddyPower have spent the past couple of months somewhat slacking on their esports betting section. Obviously they’re a fantastic sports betting site, but this particular area is assuredly not their forte.

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The world of esports in 2017

We had a fantastic 2016 with many multi-million dollar prize pools and record-breaking events. As the world of esports and esports betting continues to grow in 2017, it’s exciting to see what we have to look forward to.

League of Legends

As one of the big three major esports of the modern day, League of Legends naturally already has a fair few major events scheduled.

The Spring Split, divided between Europe and North America, opens its doors to League of Legends teams throughout January, February and March ahead of the finals in April.

CS:GO

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have had to buy their 2017 calendars early thanks to a packed schedule including many DreamHack $100,000 events, the ELEAGUE Major and a $1 million prize pool in January plus many more events to come throughout the year.

Dota 2

Unsurprisingly, Dota 2 is another esport with a rapidly-filling 2017 schedule of major tournaments. So far the highlight is the Kiev Major in April, with a hefty $3 million up for grabs. All in all, there is already more than $5.1 million in prize money to be won between now and May.

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm has a pretty action-packed January already, with the Gold Series Heroes League, the Global Championship Phase 1 and the North American counterpart to the latter all kicking off later this month.

StarCraft

Many times we’ve described StarCraft as the O.G. of the esports betting world, and the game is still going strong heading into 2017. Already we’ve the Global StarCraft II League and the World Electronic Sports Games to look forward to in January.

Overwatch

Overwatch really burst onto the scene in 2016, and if we were doing an awards program here then this game would definitely take home “Best Newcomer” without a doubt. We saw $870,000 won in major events between August and December last year and the game shows no signs of slowing down.

Hearthstone

Hearthstone had a fairly quiet end to 2016, and the trend continues with few major events officially announced for the next year. However, this ever-growing market is definitely one to watch.

Pinnacle Claims Phenomenal Growth In Esports Betting For 2016 – Live Betting Up 400 Percent

Joss Wood December 20, 2016

Sports betting company Pinnacle has released a few figures from this year’s esports betting that shows that the company has seen another year of remarkable growth in this business vertical.

Pinnacle says that its esports year-on-year bet count has grown by 127 percent, with its live bet count up by an even more impressive 403 percent.

Some of that growth will have been driven by the addition of more in-play esports betting options, but the main driver is more likely to have been the growing interest in esports betting globally.

Not all esports have seen growth

The top growing esport for betting has been Dota 2, which Pinnacle reports as having swelled by 205 percent, while not far behind, CS:GO betting is up by 166 percent.

An honorable third place goes to League of Legends, which has grown by 98 percent.

On the other side of the good news graph is StarCraft II where betting has dropped by 21 percent.

Overwatch was only released on May 24 this year, but it has already developed a huge following.

As an esport, it has benefited from improvements that enable fans to watch the game in a more user-friendly way, but it remains behind the leaders when it comes to esports betting.

This is the time of year when it is customary to make predictions, so I’ll stick my neck out and forecast that next year when Pinnacle reports these numbers, Overwatch betting growth will be at or near the top.

Trend is Pinnacle’s friend but an excellent product makes long term success

According to Pinnacle, the first person ever to take an online esports bet was its trading director, Marco Blume.

At the end of November he said:

“When we took our first bet on eSports in 2010 there was no market at all – but through persistence and developing our odds and limits in line with the needs of the growing eSports fan base Pinnacle is now growing eSports betting volume at over 200% per year.”

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming estimate that cash betting on esports could grow to as much as $16.4 billion in 2020. Even its bear case scenario expects total bets of almost $7 billion.

The trend is crystal clear. Alongside almost all other esports-related businesses, esports betting is a rapid growth industry.

Blume’s comment came during the annual EGR Awards ceremony, where Pinnacle was named “Esports Operator of the Year.”

EGR’s editor, Gerard Starkey, said:

“The judges considered Pinnacle to be the gold standard in eSports betting and were impressed by Pinnacle’s promotion of eSports betting as a product in its own right, particularly through the offer of its dedicated eSports hub.”

In an industry where success remains elusive for many participants, Pinnacle is not only riding the trend, but establishing a leading position with an esports betting product that works.

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Esports fans taking to betting but it’s a tough market

Addressing the esports fan base means hitting a demographic which may not have much experience with sports betting, or indeed with any forms of betting.

Creating a product that can tap the betting interest of esports fans is a different proposition than creating one for live sports. There are different types of betting events, different types of data and information, and in a young industry, real fraud risks which must be addressed.

The virtually total collapse of the skin betting industry during 2016 shows how badly things can go wrong.

Skin betting looked to be a no-brainer way of attracting esports fans to betting, but multiple scandals attracted the wrath of lawmakers and regulators which led to the esports industry’s current aversion to skin gambling.

The difficulties of building a successful esports betting business are legion, but the positives are worth the effort.

Esports fans are more engaged with their sport, and more willing to spend more money than the average fans of traditional sports.

The top esports betting operators such as Pinnacle, Bet365, and SkyBet are devoting considerable resources to locking in an early market share that will generate an increasing proportion of their revenues over the next few years.

Esports Betting Outlook: World Cyber Arena Wraps Up 2016 In Style

December 20, 2016

With less than a week to go until Christmas, the esports betting action is now officially very thin on the ground.

The World Cyber Arena and the Intel Extreme Masters were the last two major events of 2016 and both concluded this past week.

So, as much as we like to encourage the world of esports betting, for the next week or two it’s best to play your favourite games, crack open a drink and enjoy the holidays.

We’ll be back before the end of the year with a 2017 esports betting preview.

The world of esports this week

Since we’re essentially all out of events for the year and there’s little action to be had at any of our usual list of esports betting sites, we’ll jump straight into the summary of the past week’s action in the world of esports.

As you might have guessed, it’s essentially a rundown of the World Cyber Arena and Intel Extreme Masters games!

League of Legends

The year’s final League of Legends major at the World Cyber Arena in Gyeonggi, Korea, saw Samsung Galaxy pip Kongdoo Monster to the $50,000 first place prize, with Team Liquid and Immortals picking up joint bronze medal spots.

CS:GO

There was a lack of major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive action this week, but never fear – before the year is out, we’ll be giving you a chunky preview of 2017 esports betting and rest assured that CS:GO features heavily in that plan.

Dota 2

There was a double Dota 2 whammy in China this past week with victories in Yinchuan and Shenzhen for Invictus Gaming/iG Vitality and Evil Geniuses, respectively.

The former win came at the World Cyber Arena, while the latter was in the China Top 2016.

Heroes of the Storm

Besides the ongoing Gold Series League, which won’t wrap up until a week or two into 2017, there’s nothing to report on over in this neck of the esports woods.

StarCraft

The Intel Extreme Masters saw a whitewash victory for INnoVation over Stats, with a 4-0 victory clinching Lee Shin Hyung the $15,000 first prize.

This came alongside a win for ByuN in the World Cyber Arena, defeating Patience in the final.

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Overwatch

Another feature at the Intel Extreme Masters was Overwatch, with LW Red topping the table to take home $50,000 after beating Lunatic-Hai in the final best of five match.

Hearthstone

Finally, Hearthstone fans managed to se some action as SilverName topped the list of World Cyber Arena competitors to win $87,200.

Esports Betting Outlook: OG Win The Boston Major; All Eyes On China For World Cyber Arena

December 12, 2016

The Boston Major wrapped up this weekend, with (spoiler alert) OG defeating Ad Finem to take home a $1 million first prize. Don’t feel overly sorry for the AF lads, though; they’re still $500,000 richer after their runner-up finish.

The next (and pretty much last) big event of the year to watch out for takes place in Yinchuan, China, as we watch out for the World Cyber Arena. As well as that this week, we’ve got the Intel Extreme Masters to keep an eye on.

The best esports betting sites

Betway

There’s no update from Betway since last week, but they’ve still got esports betting competitions, a timely blog and a good selection of esports markets.

Some other sites are catching up, but they’re still definitely ending 2016 as the kings of the esports betting world.

SkyBet

Once again, nothing bad to say about SkyBet. They’ve got a lot of the smaller CS:GO events on their radar, though if we had to make a criticism of them (we don’t, but will) it’s that their Intel Extreme Masters markets aren’t as comprehensive as they perhaps could be.

Unikrn

Unikrn have a really strong selection of Intel Extreme Masters bets and markets, plus some smaller events; at the time of writing, they’re one of only two sites covering the 99Damage League, which makes them a great shout for hardcore esports fans.

Bet365

Bet365 are the other site covering the 99Damage League, and they also have a wide selection of CS:GO bets to enjoy. They’re actually getting to the point of covering more of the smaller games than esports specialists Unikrn.

Pinnacle

Sometimes it feels like our Pinnacle summary could be copy-pasted week-to-week, but this writer probably won’t get paid if that happens so once again we’ll have to say that the markets are OK, the information is outdated, and the offer overall is pretty meh.

Do you see what we did there?

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes’ selection is looking smaller again, but that’s just because there are so few events.

They’re actually a really competitive esports betting site now, so perhaps you can expect to see them with their own section here soon. They’re really outshining PaddyPower, so it seems unfair to put them together.

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The week in esports events

The year is drawing to a close and we’ve seen some fantastic esports action throughout the course of 2016. Let’s see how it will all wrap up.

League of Legends

We’re still lacking in major events for League of Legends fans during what remains of the year, but we do have qualifiers for the 2017 Challenger Series Spring Split currently underway.

Apart from that, there are a few other small events throughout the month.

CS:GO

The final major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament of 2016 is done and dusted, with Astralis defeating OpTic in Anaheim to win the Esports Championship Series, taking home a tidy $250,000 for their efforts.

Dota 2

As we said in the introduction to this column, The Boston Major has wrapped up and OG find themselves $1 million richer having bested Ad Finem in Sunday’s final. Next up, the World Cyber Arena.

StarCraft 2

StarCraft 2 is one of the few esports with one or two events left in the year, thanks to the double whammy of the World Cyber Arena and the Intel Extreme Masters. They are both taking place over the course of the next week, so keep an eye out.

Heroes of the Storm

There’s nothing more to report for Heroes of the Storm until next year, so check back then!

Overwatch

Overwatch is another feature at the Intel Extreme Masters later this week, and that’ll be all she wrote for the Blizzard FPS until 2017.

Hearthstone

Another group of esports fans waiting for this week’s World Cyber Arena is Hearthstone aficionados, who can check back next week for the results.

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Esports Betting Outlook: The Boston Major Headlines An Action-Packed Year’s End

December 5, 2016

The year is winding down, which means that while some esports have been put thoroughly to bed until 2017, others are exploding in a climactic multi-million dollar finish to the year.

Let’s take a look at some of the best esports betting action heading into December.

Where the action is

Betway

This week, Betway have something extra-special by way of their Esports Leaderboard promotion. There’s some Ninjas In Pyjamas goodie bags to be won by simply placing regular esports bets in December.

Oh, and naturally their markets and whatnot are top-notch as usual, too.

SkyBet

Over at SkyBet we have all the markets you’d expect for CS:GO plus The Boston Major bets, while they’ve also got a few of the lesser-spotted markets out there such as smaller StarCraft 2 and League of Legends events.

Unikrn

Nothing shocking from Unikrn here, though we should point out that their articles could do with an update since the ELEAGUE Group D review is still proudly emblazoned in headline position despite the finals playing out this past weekend.

Bet365

Bet365 have a few World Cyber Arena and Intel Extreme Masters markets up already for the early birds who fancy catching a worm.

Additionally, there is even a market for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship, for the early birds who fancy catching other early birds.

Pinnacle

Sometimes it feels like our Pinnacle summary could be copy-pasted week-to-week, but this writer probably won’t get paid if that happens so once again we’ll have to say that the markets are OK, the information is outdated, and the offer overall is pretty meh.

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

PaddyPower’s esports betting offers have taken a real nosedive recently, with once again a solitary market open.

On the other hand, Ladbrokes have really upped the ante with theirs and are now quite competitive.

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The week in esports events

There’s a lot concluding and a lot kicking off as the year comes to a gripping end. Let’s check out the major action that’s concluded and will be coming up.

Dota 2

The Boston Major is underway as Dota 2 teams fight for the year’s second-largest esports prize pool. The group stages have played out, and we have 16 teams through to the Main Event, which kicks off on Dec. 7.

CS:GO

Just last night, OpTic defeated Astralis to win the ELEAGUE Season 2 title and $400,000 in prize money after a series of intense matches.

Now we have just another few days until the finals of the Esports Championship Series in Anaheim, where $750,000 is up for grabs.

League of Legends

There’s still not a lot to report in the world of League of Legends, though paiN Gaming did win the XLG Super Cup in Brazil last night.

With a R$28,000 (US$8,090) first prize, it’s not really on the same level as The Boston Major or ELEAGUE finals, though – still, congratulations to paiN Gaming either way!

Heroes of the Storm

Now that Ballistix have won the Heroes of the Storm Gold Club World Championship (an impressive follow-up to their Fall Global Championship victory in November) there is no more Heroes of the Storm action in major tournaments for 2016.

StarCraft

The World Cyber Arena 2016 gets underway in China later this week, which is the event that StarCraft fans have been waiting for. After that, the Intel Extreme Masters in Korea will round off the year nicely.

Overwatch

Team EnVyUs won the inaugural Overwatch APEX, defeating AF.Blue and taking down the penultimate major Overwatch event of the year ahead of the Intel Extreme Masters later this month.

Hearthstone 2

Like many of us, Hearthstone 2 players are eagerly awaiting the World Cyber Arena, which begins in 10 days’ time in China.

Esports Betting Outlook: The Boston Major And World Cyber Arena Are On The Horizon

November 21, 2016

It’s probably time to start looking forward to December’s major events, with the last month of the year just nine days away.

As well as Christmas, we’ll have The Boston Major and the World Cyber Arena to look forward to, with millions of dollars in prizes up for grabs and a lot of esports betting action.

For now, though, we’ll have to settle for waiting.

Where to bet on esports this week

Betway

It’s a little late for Betway’s excellent blog on The Summit 6 to be of relevance, but it’s still worth a read. Plus, we love – once again – how involved in the esports world that this betting site is.

Betway’s Ninjas in Pyjamas sponsorship, incidentally, is still headline news on the site.

SkyBet

SkyBet have a pretty lackluster esports betting offer this week, but it’s hard to hold it against them for a couple of reasons: Firstly, they’ve been pretty good on a consistent basis for a while; secondly, there really isn’t a lot to bet on right now.

Unikrn

Unikrn once again remain one of the only sites with a thorough coverage of the smaller tournaments, which makes it a great place for esports betting maniacs to get their fill of action.

They’re also continuing to go strong with blogs and analysis.

Bet365

Bet365 has another week of solid esports betting options, with a good selection of CS:GO, League of Legends and Dota 2 action. If you want to get some early bets in on The Boston Major, you could do a lot worse than here.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle still have a website full of outdated information and a dust-gathering esports betting articles section, but in terms of esports gambling odds and markets they’re presenting a reasonable selection.

They’re still a far cry from their former position as the number one esports betting site, though.

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes have really come into their own as an esports betting hub, while PaddyPower’s markets still seem like something of an afterthought. That still puts them ahead of many betting sites, though!

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The week in esports events

Are you literally counting the days until The Boston Major and the World Cyber Arena yet?

League of Legends

After all the pomp of the World Championships, there’s not much but smaller events on in the world of League of Legends.

Last week, Unicorns of Love claimed a $50,000 first prize in the Intel Extreme Masters Oakland event. This week, there are a few smaller events in Russia and Brazil to keep an eye on.

CS:GO

The Intel Extreme Masters is wrapping up for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players, too.

Unlike League of Legends, however, there are still have some good-sized events to look forward to. Finland hosts DreamHack Winter 2016 this week, while a few weeks from now there’s $750,000 up for grabs in Anaheim.

Dota 2

Virtus.pro took down The Summit 6 in Los Angeles, which means we’ve a little under two weeks’ wait until The Boston Major and a mighty $3 million prize pool. That’s one to watch for certain.

Heroes of the Storm

No change here, as Heroes of the Storm has no major scheduled events for the remainder of 2016. There is, of course, the Gold Club World Championship in Beijing kicking off this week, but it’s overshadowed by the recent $1 million BlizzCon event.

StarCraft

There’s still not much StarCraft II action on the horizon, save a few smaller events in Korea. However, the World Cyber Arena finals in Beijing next month have $200,000 to be won.

Overwatch

As per last week, we’re still waiting for APEX Season 1 before we can give you any new Overwatch updates. That’ll be 12 days from now, if you’re wondering.

Hearthstone 2

Hearthstone fans will have to wait for December and the World Cyber Arena as well.

Esports Betting Outlook: November Doldrums Continue, But Still Plenty Of Bets To Place

November 14, 2016

If you’re looking to get some early action on the coming major events in the world of esports, then we have good news for you.

There are markets open for the World Electronic Sports Games, World Cyber Arena and The Boston Major.

If you’re looking  to check out some great esports tournament action this coming week, then the good news is a little more thin on the ground…

Where to bet on esports

Betway

Betway are still flaunting their Ninjas In Pyjamas sponsorship, and why not? They’re definitely ahead of the curve when it comes to mainstream sports betting sites getting fully involved in the esports world.

Their regular blog is still great to read, too. Oh, and on the esports betting front, they’ve opened markets for The Boston Major.

SkyBet

SkyBet have had some unique markets open for the past couple of weeks, but this time around they’re back to basics with their selection of esports bets.

That’s no bad thing, though, because SkyBet’s basics are still pretty damn good almost every time we check them out.

Unikrn

Unikrn’s awesome esports blog is still going strong, plus there’s a very nice selection of markets available.

They really benefit from this letup in major events, as Unikrn tend to be one of the only sites covering the smaller tournaments.

Bet365

Once again, Bet365 presents itself as one of the best esports betting sites with a couple of early Dota 2 markets on next month’s tournaments.

That’s joined by a ton of League of Legends bets and a lesser-spotted APEX market for Overwatch.

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Pinnacle

Pinnacle actually have quite the selection of ongoing bets at the moment. If you check out their Schedule page you still find little but outdated information, however their markets are out in force this week.

Long may it continue!

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes also boast an Overwatch market this week and we’d say that for the first time since they’ve shared a paragraph in this piece, they’re outshining PaddyPower’s own not-too-shabby selection.

The week in esports events

We’re still very much in a November hiatus, so don’t get overly excited for reports of tournaments in the week ahead.

League of Legends

League of Legends has had its moment in the sun for 2016, it seems. There are plenty of smaller events such as the Garena All-Star Championship in Vietnam, but nothing to look forward to that can come close to matching the scale of the World Championships.

CS:GO

On the other hand, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans can keep themselves occupied with good-sized tournaments for most of the rest of the year.

The Intel Extreme Masters XI is taking place in Oakland this week, before we head to Jönköping, Sweden, for DreamHack Winter 2016 and then over to Anaheim for the Esports Championship Series finals.

All told, there’s $1.15 million to be won between now and 2017.

Dota 2

It’s been a long wait for Dota 2 fans for another major event, but The Summit 6 is kicking off in Los Angeles this week. Less than a fortnight after that, we’ll be seeing a $3 million prize pool doled out at The Boston Major.

Heroes of the Storm

The world of Heroes of the Storm is joining League of Legends in taking a breather after they saw the Fall Global Championship concluded in Anaheim last week.

The next major event won’t take place until December when we head to Beijing.

StarCraft

Like many of us, StarCraft fans are waiting for the burst of major events in December. Until the WESG and WCA finals, we’ve not a lot of StarCraft action to look out for.

Overwatch

We’re still waiting for APEX Season 1 to conclude before we can give you any new Overwatch updates, sadly.

Hearthstone 2

Much like StarCraft, Hearthstone fans will have to wait for December’s majors before hearing anything new on the competitive front.

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Esports Betting Outlook: The Lull Continues Ahead Of A Major December

November 7, 2016

The League of Legends World Championship is over, and there are various major events right around the corner.

The good news is, there’s some early action to be had on said majors. The bad news is that there’s not much going on this week.

Where the esports betting action is…

Betway

We have nothing bad to say about Betway, as usual.

There’s not a lot of action on this week which means that we don’t have much in general to say about Betway, either.

Just keep doing what you’re doing, Betway!

SkyBet

SkyBet have another solid esports betting selection this week, as they have done week in and week out for quite a while.

Their Overwatch markets are something of a unique selling point for them this time around, and they’re often embracing the less-embraced games (last time, you’ll recall, it was Halo).

Unikrn

In times like these, Unikrn suffer.

The other major esportsbooks have something to fall back on during esports droughts, but the esports betting specialists at Unikrn don’t have that luxury and instead must present scant selections.

Bet365

Last week we complimented Bet365 on a solid selection, especially in the smaller events. This week, we’re pretty much repeating ourselves.

Dota 2 fans especially should feel very much at home here!

Pinnacle

We’ll say something positive about Pinnacle, the original esports betting site that have fallen from the pinnacle of the industry: Pinnacle’s esports Twitter account is very active and helpful.

Unfortunately the site’s offering is still quite sub-par.

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

Like a nerd who’s been hitting the gym, PaddyPower is looking unusually beefy this week with quite a lot of CS:GO action and early markets on the Boston Major. Ladbrokes has a smaller selection, but it’s not too shabby either.

The week in esports events

We’re in another lull between major events this week, which means there isn’t a lot of esports action to report. Nevertheless, here’s the news of the week that was and the week that will be.

League of Legends

Now that SK Telecom T1 have taken the world championship back to South Korea, the League of Legends world is a little snoozy. There’s still a fair few events left to take place this year, but nothing on a massive scale.

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CS:GO

CS:GO might have the most action-packed November out of all of the esports, with $500,000 in prizes up for grabs across three North American events.

The Northern Arena hits Montreal next week, with $100,000 to be won.

Dota 2

Yet again Dota 2 fans will have to wait for The Summit 6 and then the massive Boston Major for their dose of esports action. The good news is that the former event begins the week after next, so there’s not long to wait.

Heroes of the Storm

The Heroes of the Storm Fall Global Championship concluded at Blizzcon last week, with Ballistix defeating Fnatic to take a $300,000 first place prize.

Don’t feel too sorry for Fnatic, though; they’re $150,000 richer now.

StarCraft

The World Cyber Series finals took place in Anaheim last week and we saw ByUN defeat Dark to win the lion’s share of a $500,000 prize pool. The next major StarCraft event isn’t until December, though, when the WESG kicks off.

Overwatch

APEX Season 1 is ongoing and will be for the next few weeks, so sadly there’s very little to say on the Overwatch front until then.

Hearthstone 2

Pavel defeated DrHippi in the 2016 Hearthstone World Championship in Anaheim, taking home $250,000 for the victory.

Esports Betting Outlook: League Of Legends World Championship Final, And Much More

October 24, 2016

If you don’t want to be spoiled for the League of Legends World Championship, stop reading now.

The final is set and will take place this Friday at the Staples Center, Los Angeles. It’s a clash of South Korean teams as SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy go head-to-head.

Outside the world of League of Legends, there’s plenty more exciting esports betting action to be had.

What’s on at the esports bookmakers

Betway

It’s all League of Legends and CS:GO at Betway this week, which makes a lot of sense as these games are dominating the scene in October.

They’re also continuing their 25 percent extra winnings promotion, maintaining an active esports Twitter account and have published a new piece on Worlds.

SkyBet

SkyBet have a ton going on, which is just as well as it reflects that there is, in fact, a ton going on.

They also get bonus points this week for being the only esports betting site on this list to have a Halo selection.

Unikrn

This week is the scantest selection we’ve ever seen at esports specialists Unikrn, with just a Heroes of the Storm and League of Legends championship market on offer.

We can let them off because of the great ELEAGUE preview that headlines the page, though.

Bet365

Bet365 remain steadfastly predictable in the nicest way possible. A solid selection of markets on a wide array of games and smaller tournaments make Bet365 a highly recommended esports betting site once again.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle, for once, are not the slimmest offering of esports bets this week. There’s still some outdated information and broken links on the site, though, so we can’t go too mad with the compliments!

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes remain back in business on the esports front, with a much larger selection of markets than we’re used to seeing from them.

On the other hand, PaddyPower are essentially just offering a League of Legends selection at this point, which is a shame given the wealth of other ongoing or upcoming events.

The week in esports events

Busy, busy, busy!

As the year wraps up, so too do a lot of major events as we head towards some December premiers. Here’s the lowdown on the week that was and the week that will be.

League of Legends

The final is set, and we’re guaranteed a team of South Korean champions as SK Telecom T1 vanquished ROX Tigers 3-2 in the semi-finals. That set them up to meet Samsung Galaxy in Friday’s final, they having defeated H2k-Gaming a resounding 3-0.

CS:GO

A busy week for Counter-Strike fans! EPICENTER 2016 is wrapping up as we write, with $500,000 up for grabs.

The ELEAGUE Season 2 has also begun, with $1.1 million to be won. Last but not least, this week sees us head to São Paulo, Brazil, for the $600,000 ESL Pro League finals.

Dota 2

It’s not a good month to be a Dota 2 aficionado, but our time will come! Next month, The Summit 6 begins and in December The Boston Major has $3 million to award to Dota 2’s elite.

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Heroes of the Storm

Next month the Fall Global Championship begins in Anaheim with $1 million to be won, but for now there’s not much going on.

StarCraft

The 2016 WCS Global Playoffs kick off in Anaheim this week, but that’s all we have on the StarCraft II front. We’ll of course keep you posted.

Overwatch

The only piece of Overwatch news today is that Rogue took down the APAC Premier in Shanghai last week, edging out LH for the title.

Hearthstone 2

We’ll have to wait for the results from São Paulo in the WESG qualifiers, and wait longer still for the next major Hearthstone 2 event at the World Cyber Arena in December.

Image c/o Riot Esports