Esports Betting Outlook For May 8, 2017
Esports Betting Report

Esports Betting Outlook: An Action-Packed Summer Of Major Events Officially Begins

Intel Extreme Masters
The first major event of the year is thoroughly done and dusted, but there is an absolute ton of esports action between now and Fall.

League of Legends and CS:GO both have huge numbers of major events and multi-million dollar prize pools to be won, while of course Dota 2 and The International looms in August.

The week in esports events

Let’s take a look at the esports betting markets and tournaments for the coming weeks.

CS:GO

We’re well into the start of the Summer of CS:GO, with the Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney playing out at the time of writing. There’s $200,000 up for grabs there, then another $1.5 million between the ESL Pro League and the Esports Championship Series next month.

League of Legends

For the first time this year, League of Legends isn’t totally dominating the esports betting market. That being said, the Mid-Season Invitational and the SLO Spring Cup are both underway right now so there’s not exactly a shortage of League action, either!

Dota 2

Despite the Kiev Major awarding $3 million already at the end of last month there’s still a lot to play for in May with the StarLadder i-League Invitational in Shanghai next week plus the Manila Masters at the end of the month.

StarCraft

StarCraft players are still recovering from the World Championship Series won by Neeb in Texas, but they’re heading over to Finland next month to compete for another $100,000 in the same series.

Hearthstone

The China vs Europe Championship is well underway in the world of Hearthstone, with a champion to be crowned before the end of the week.

Where to bet on esports

SkyBet

For sheer volume, you can’t beat SkyBet. Tomorrow alone there are 73 different markets available across the esports world. SkyBet’s coverage of esports matches and tournaments really is second to none.

Bet365

The only realistic contender to SkyBet in terms of esports betting numbers is Bet365. Between the two of them, no esports betting fan could ask for more in terms of game coverage and favourable odds.

Betway

Betway continues a total immersion in the esports industry with a series of offers, insider blog posts and of course a Ninjas in Pyjamas sponsorship. Additionally, some navigational improvements have really done this esports betting site a world of good.

Unikrn

As you would imagine, Unikrn has the big boys of the esports world very thoroughly covered, though cannot be competitive with the major sports betting sites yet. Some more niche markets would always help the esports specialists in this regard.

Pinnacle

Same old story with Pinnacle in that the original kings of esports betting offers competitive odds on many markets, but also keeps outdated information, articles and markets online for an overall confusing betting experience.

Ladbrokes

Still silence from Ladbrokes on the esports front, which is sad to see after what looked to be a nice rebirth for the British bookies.

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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.