Kiev Major continues to loom on esports calendar
Esports Betting Report

Esports Betting Outlook: Dota 2 Action Is Hot In April

Dota 2 esports betting
We had a fair bit of action occurring this week, but of course everyone is looking ahead to the $3 million Kiev Major – not just Dota 2 fans.

However, after this we embark on what we’ll call the “Summer of CS:GO with literally millions up for grabs. That’s not even mentioning the numerous League of Legends clashes, or StarCraft.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

Week after week, Bet365 continues to offer the most comprehensive selection of esports betting markets in the world. Always rivaled only by SkyBet, sheer usability once again puts Bet365 on top of the pile.

Betway

Either we lack observational skills, or the Betway website revamp keeps adding new features week after week. This time, the esports betting offer is delightfully easy to navigate – plus the site has a CS:GO Giveaway promotion running.

SkyBet

For sheer numbers, it’s difficult to beat SkyBet at the esports betting game. However, the site could take a page out of Betway’s book and make the sheer plethora of esports betting markets a little easier to navigate. Still, the tyranny of choice isn’t a bad problem to have.

Unikrn

Unikrn is again stuck with offering “only” the major markets for this week in esports, despite the company’s expertise allowing it the chance to cover smaller, more niche events – if any were running, that is.

Ladbrokes

Unlike Betway, the esports revamp in Ladbrokes’ case comes simply from embracing the esports betting market and continuing to offer more and more. Ladbrokes is far behind the big boys, but is well on the way to becoming competitive.

Pinnacle

Speaking of revamps, here’s a site in need of one. Pinnacle still offers adequate esports betting markets, but in a confusing and often outdated layout. Besides, “adequate” is a long way to fall from “original and best” for Pinnacle.

PaddyPower

The good news is that PaddyPower is offering 600 percent more esports betting markets than the were last week. The bad news is that this represents a total of seven.

The week in esports events

Let’s take a look at the week that was and what we have to look forward to in the world of esports this week.

CS:GO

This past week, the StarLadder i-League StarSeries wrapped up with FaZe Clan defeating Astralis 2-1. Looking ahead, it’s the “Summer of CS:GO” as we have over $2.3 million to be won from May through August, beginning with the Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney, Australia.

Dota 2

April is a big month for Dota 2 players. Just last week, Invictus Gaming won the lion’s share of a $600,000 plus prize pool in Shanghai. Less than three weeks from now, there’s a monstrous $3 million to be won in the Kiev Major.

League of Legends

Over the course of the next couple of days and weeks, a huge number of Spring Split and Playoff games are wrapping up. Later this month, we can look forward to a new set of Spring Playoffs followed by the Mid-Season Invitational.

StarCraft

Later this month, 80 players will head to Austin, Texas, for the 2017 World Championship Series and compete for a $100,000 prize pool. Until then, there’s some Seoul-based matches to keep fans happy.

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Matt Perry
- Matt Perry has worked in the online gambling industry for nearly a decade. During this time he has contributed to a variety of publications focused on regulated online casinos and online poker as an editor, copywriter, content manager and reporter.