The Boston Major Will Usher In A More Festive Season For Esports Betting Markets
Esports Betting Report

Esports Betting Outlook: The Boston Major 2016 Begins This Weekend

The Boston Major Dota 2
Once again, Dota 2 players and prize pools will dominate coming reports thanks to The Boston Major kicking off less than a week from today. Oh, and there’s $3 million up for grabs.

The week after that wraps up, we’ll be heading from Boston to Beijing for the World Cyber Arena. In short, it’s a pretty good December for esports betting fans.

Where to bet on esports this week


Betway are once again topping our list of esports betting outlets with a great selection, especially on The Boston Major.

The site’s esports blog continues to shine as well, with a fantastic piece on women in esports that’s pretty topical at the moment.


We can’t complain about SkyBet, either; they’ve got a nice line-up of CS:GO markets as well as some early outrights on The Boston Major and the chance for a last-minute punt on the Overwatch APEX Season 1.


The esports betting specialists at Unikrn have a decent enough selection but nothing staggering; the smaller tournaments are their chance to shine and they’re not taking advantage of them.

They do, however, have by far the biggest Starcraft 2 selection of the week.


Bet365 are dependable as ever, this week boasting a pretty heavy selection of CS:GO markets as well as the Boston Major outrights we’ve been expecting.

The lack of variety in games is our only criticism, but it’s hardly peak season for huge esports events.


Pinnacle gonna Pinnacle. They could do with an update, especially on their articles section and the schedule page, but besides that they’ve got as fine a selection as you’d expect from them this week.

PaddyPower and Ladbrokes

PaddyPower’s Boston Major outright market sits sad and alone with no other esports bets for company.

On the other hand, Ladbrokes have a nicely-revamped esports betting section with a few different events – though, oddly, a lack of Boston Major outrights.

The week in esports events

We’re coming up to a few big events next month, and the build-up features several smaller tournaments for all manner of esports disciplines on the way to December’s majors.

Dota 2

Once again, Dota 2 is topping the list of esports events as The Boston Major and its $3 million prize pool loom over the week.

The group stage takes place this coming weekend on Dec. 3-4, with the surviving teams playing down to a champion by Dec. 10.

League of Legends

There’s precious little to report in the way of groundbreaking and major League of Legends events here, but there are a few smaller events playing out in Barcelona, Germany, and Russia over the course of the next few weeks.


The world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has just returned from Jönköping, Sweden, where Gambit defeated Renegades to claim the lion’s share of a $100,000 prize pool and the DreamHack Winter 2016 title.

Next up, starting in a couple of weeks, is the Esports Championship Series Finals in Anaheim.

Heroes of the Storm

The Heroes of the Storm Gold Club World Championship is now well underway in Beijing, with $300,000 to be won and several matches down already.

We’ll save the spoilers for the week after next when it’s all wrapped up and the $90,000 first prize is claimed.


Like many of us, the Starcraft fans of the world are waiting for the World Cyber Arena 2016 finals in Beijing before any major events take place. However, the Intel Extreme Masters is taking place in South Korea before then to tide them over.


Overwatch APEX Season 1 comes to a climactic finish this weekend in South Korea, with the winner set to take home $90,000. It’s down to Team EnVyUs and AF.Blue, who will contest the final matches on Saturday.

Hearthstone 2

Hearthstone 2 fans also had their eyes on Jönköping this past week, where Mitsuhide took down the DreamHack Winter 2016 title. Next up for these guys is the World Cyber Arena on Dec. 15.

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