[toc]To the relief of some and the sadness of others, The International 2016 has concluded.
While this means that the esports betting market is no longer soundly dominated by one single Dota 2 event, it’s sad to see the richest tournament in esports pass us by for another year.
Congratulations to China’s Wings Gaming, who take home $9.1 million for a 3-1 victory over Digital Chaos. We’re sure the DC guys won’t be too disappointed, since they came to the tournament as rank underdogs and scooped a $3.4 million runner-up prize.
Now, on to the world of esports betting for the week.
What are the options at the esports bookmakers?
CS:GO is back to headlining the top of Betway’s esports betting roster now that The International is done and dusted. The ESL Pro League tops the table ahead of Heroes of the Storm’s Gold Series matches and upcoming League of Legends Summer Split games.
At SkyBet, CS:GO is also back on top of the betting with a wealth of match and map bets.
The amount of betting options available for esports matches is really impressive these days, with 45 different lines available on this week’s H2K versus Fnatic showdown.
The site may be specialized toward esports, but it’s getting to the point of thinking that Unikrn might have to step up its game to keep up with the big boys in the world of bookmaking.
Its selection of game markets is always very solid and Unikrn has cornered a niche or two, but more markets would be really nice to see from these guys.
Bet365 have a really strong focus on League of Legends, with a really nice selection of bets for the playoffs, European and North American games.
There’s a nice amount of over/under bets on top of the usual match and map bets, which is a great touch.
The O.G. of the esports betting world have yet to surprise us with anything new despite its large head start on the market.
The new esports betting page layout at Pinnacle is very slick, though, and it’s super easy to find your game of choice. If anything, it’s a great excuse for the site to add more markets and games since there’s no chance of the page being cluttered now.
PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes
For consecutive weeks that we’ve lost count of, there’s nothing to report from Coral on the esports front.
Ladbrokes and PaddyPower still have reasonably solid selections to peruse.
The week in esports events
The Dota 2 world is taking something of a deep breath this week. The International saw $20.7 million in prize money awarded to the world’s top teams, which is a pretty staggering amount by any sport’s standards, let alone a relatively fledgling one.
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League of Legends
Move over, Dota 2.
The League of Legends World Championships will be kicking off in San Francisco next month, which means that the Summer Split is wrapping up. The quarter-finals took place last week, with the tournament coming to a climax at the end of August.
Fans of Counter-Strike are still crying out for their own version of The International, and there’s no arguing against the popularity of the game. Right now, though, they’re settling for the Esports Entertainment Association (ESEA) League, which is currently underway.
Heroes of the Storm
Last week we made a great joke about “the calm before the Heroes of the Storm” but unfortunately for us (and fortunately for Heroes of the Storm fans) we can’t do it again. The Global Circuit has pulled players back into action with online qualifiers to the Fall Regionals underway.
While the release of the latest patch to Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void has players excited, there aren’t any major upcoming fixtures for Starcraft fans to cut their teeth on this week.
Blizzard’s latest addictive substance is getting a new competition in the shape of the Overwatch Open, sponsored by ELEAGUE and FACEIT.
The grand final winners will be netting a tasty $100,000 with eight qualifiers (four from North America and four from Europe) duking it out.
There’s naught but tumbleweed in the world of Hearthstone tournaments this week, potentially because all the organizers are too busy playing One Night in Karazhan. This new release might add some spice to the Hearthstone world soon enough.