Esports Betting Outlook: League Of Legends World Championship Headlines Action-Packed Weeks Ahead

Posted By Matt Perry on September 19, 2016 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]Once again, the League of Legends World Championship is dominating the esports betting headlines and indeed the esports headlines in general. It’s going to be this way for a few weeks, so if you’re not a League of Legends fan then, well, sucks to be you!

Fortunately, the esports world hasn’t ground to a halt and non-League fans have a good amount of options to choose from at various esports betting sites.

What’s happening at the bookmakers

Betway

This is a pattern that’s going to repeat itself throughout the report: The action at Betway is dominated by the upcoming League of Legends World Championship.

There’s a nice selection of outrights, and if you want to bet on League of Legends becoming part of the 2030 Winter Olympics you can do that, too!

SkyBet

SkyBet have a few nice Overwatch markets, which is good to see. Blizzard’s latest hit is beyond the point of being accurately described as an esports up and comer but in the world of esports betting it still is.

Naturally, the site has League bets a-plenty as well – actually a surprising amount, so kudos to SkyBet.

Unikrn

Unikrn has pulled its finger well and truly out for the World Championship with a wide selection of bets. On top of outrights and individual match bets, you can bet on the region of the winner, the group winners, the group of the champion and many more.

Bet365

On top of the World Championship markets, Bet365 has a nice selection of Starcraft II bets and an Overwatch market or two. They’re not quite on the level of Unikrn in terms of selections but few non-specialist sites are, so we can’t really knock them for that.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has betting markets for the World Championship.

Apart from that, we can’t really add much more to their paragraph besides saying that Pinnacle is still offering esports bets in a disappointingly lacklustre way.

PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes

Speaking of the same old story, here we are. Ladbrokes still has a solid FIFA offer but not a lot else to talk about; PaddyPower is still offering a respectable but not amazing selection; Coral has nothing on the table.

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This week in esports events

Let’s take a look at the conclusion of the action from last week and the upcoming tournaments over the next few days.

Dota 2

Head to China next week for the MarsTV Dota 2 League, but after that we’ve a good old wait until The Summit 6 gives us our next bout of major Dota 2 tournament action in December.

League of Legends

Racking our brains to think if anything is going on in the world of League of Legends… oh yes. The World Championship kicks off ten days from the time of writing.

Naturally, we’ll be keeping you posted over the coming weeks.

CS:GO

Birmingham, England is the place to be for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players – a select group of them, at least.

They’ll be competing for $100,000 in the Gfinity Invitational. Now, October is another story; there will be over $2.2 million in CS:GO prizes to play for.

Heroes of the Storm

The bad news is that we have to wait until November for another premier Heroes of the Storm event. The good news is that that Anaheim event will have a $1 million prize pool.

Starcraft

The 2016 KeSPA Cup begins at the end of the month, with a prize pool of a little under $50,000 awaiting the top three players.

Overwatch

The inaugural Overwatch Open takes place from Sept. 25-30, with a $100,000 first prize awaiting the winner and 16 teams competing.

Hearthstone 2

It’s all dried up over in the world of Hearthstone 2 until December and the World Cyber Arena, unfortunately.

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