League of Legends Spring Series — Betting Overview

2024-04-LoL-Spring-Splits

Riot’s League of Legends (LoL) esports series has just wrapped up its Spring Split, with every region’s top teams emerging victors. The main regions analysed were:

  • LEC Winter. 13 Jan – 18 Feb, 2024. Prize pool: $87,591.56
  • LEC Spring. 9 Mar – 14 Apr, 2024. Prize pool: $85,365
  • LCS Spring. 20 Jan – 31 Mar, 2024. Prize pool: $200,000
  • LCK Spring. 17 Jan – 7 Apr, 2024. Prize pool: $285,494.51
  • LPL Spring. 22 Jan – 20 Apr, 2024. Prize pool: $590,667.04

The LCK had an especially successful Spring Split, shattering LoL viewership records with a peak audience of 2.6 million fans. Fans wanted to watch T1’s iconic player Faker take on top teams like Gen.G and KT Rolster. But did the LCK compare to other regions’ splits when it came to betting?

Take part in Abios’ exclusive insight into bettor behaviour based on data from 40+ operators on the Kambi network during the League of Legends Spring Split across the four largest LoL regions.

Most Active Regions

The entire world actively tunes into every League of Legends region during the first Split to see how teams perform going into the more impactful second Split after the Mid-Season Invitational. But which parts of the world found which regions the most exciting?

LEC

Europe81%
Latin America12%
Oceania4%
North America3%

LCS

Europe85%
Latin America7%
North America4%
Oceania4%

LCK

Europe80%
Oceania12%
Latin America5%
North America3%
Africa1%

LPL

Europe71%
Oceania18%
Latin America8%
North America2%

Europe is the most invested in every region’s action. They are the most active League of Legends bettors, according to activity on our partnered sportsbooks. And that’s by a lot! But Latin America, Oceania, and North America are also consistently tuned in.

Most Popular Bet Offers

In every region, betting on the match winner — or which team bettors felt would win the match — was the most popular bet offer. That’s no surprise since the match outcome is the biggest spectacle.

  • LEC – Match Winner at 81%
  • LCS – Match Winner at 86%
  • LCK – Match Winner at 64%
  • LPL – Match Winner at 70%

In the LCK, however, 12% also bet on map handicaps, which was also popular for the LPL at 8% and the LEC at a little over 3%. This means that bettors were potentially not only betting on the most popular teams to win but also hedging their bets to be able to favour underdogs. LCS bettors’ second-most popular bet offer was actually total minutes instead, at 4% of turnover.

Live vs. Pre-Match Betting

In esports betting, live betting, bets placed during a match, is gaining traction.

All regions preferred live betting over pre-match betting, which sometimes has higher stakes and more fast-paced decision-making. The LCK was the region that had bettors placing the most live bets.

  • LEC: 56% live betting
  • LCS: 56% live betting
  • LCK: 57% live betting
  • LPL: 65% live betting

Most Bet-On Matchups

Every region has its most popular teams, consistently performing well in competition or having fan-favourite players who make exciting plays. Here are the most bet-on matchups in each region.

LEC:

Fnatic – MAD Lions3%
Team BDS – MAD Lions3%
Fnatic – SK Gaming3%
G2 Esports – MAD Lions3%
G2 Esports – Fnatic3%
Team Vitality – Team BDS3%
Team BDS – Fnatic3%

LCS

Cloud9 – 100 Thieves4%
NRG – Dignitas3%
Team Liquid – Shopify Rebellion3%
Cloud9 – Shopify Rebellion3%
Immortals – 100 Thieves3%
Team Liquid – Cloud93%
NRG – Cloud93%

LCK

Gen.G – T14%
Hanwha Life – T13%
Dplus KIA – KT Rolster3%
Dplus KIA – Hanwha Life3%
KT Rolster – T13%
Kwangdong Freecs – FearX3%
Hanwha Life – KT Rolster3%
Nongshim RedForce – Gen.G3%
DRX – KT Rolster3%

LPL

FunPlus Phoenix – Ninjas in Pyjamas3%
Ninjas in Pyjamas – Team WE3%
Bilibili Gaming – Top Esports3%
Weibo Gaming – Invictus Gaming3%
Bilibili Gaming – Top Esports2%
Bilibili Gaming – Ninjas in Pyjamas2%
Ninjas in Pyjamas – JD Gaming2%

Interestingly enough, LEC’s Grand Final match was G2 against Fnatic, which wasn’t the most popular matchup for bettors. The most bet-on LCS match wasn’t the Grand Final either, but featured two of the most popular teams. LPL’s Grand Final followed the trend, showcasing that fans preferred to bet on the Upper-Bracket Quarterfinals between FunPlus Phoenix and Ninjas in Pyjamas rather than the Grand Final. It highlights how team or player fandom can triumph over high-stakes matches in betting activity.

LCK’s most bet on matchup was the Grand Final match. It was between T1 and Gen.G though, the most iconic squads in the region.

Most Bet-On Teams

Each region, as you can see, has clear favourites. These teams have the most fans, whether due to iconic players, exciting plays, or consistent W’s. Here were the teams that were bet on the most in each Split:

  • LEC: G2 Esports, MAD Lions, Fnatic
  • LCS: Cloud9, FlyQuest, NRG
  • LCK: Gen.G, T1, Dplus KIA
  • LPL: Bilibili Gaming, JD Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas

It’s not surprising that these teams were the most popular for bettors. They are consistent performers who win games and make hype plays. They also have a long history in the League of Legends scene (for the most part), so fans can follow their past performances and team updates before and throughout the season to gain better insight into how they’ll do in a given match.

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