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Esports Betting Outlook: The International To Be A Record-Breaker (Again)

July 17, 2017

This week, the prize pool for The International 7 in August topped $20.7 million, which puts this year’s edition ahead of 2016’s record-breaking tournament.

It’s official: This will be the world’s richest esports event.

Where to bet on esports

SkyBet

SkyBet remains the number one esports betting site for the number of tournaments covered and the in-game markets covered, with by far the largest selection available online.

Betway

Betway can’t compete with some of the biggest sites when we compare the number of bets available. But for esports betting fans there’s no better place to go for in-depth analysis, blogs, and targeted promotions.

Unikrn

The only site on this list that caters specifically to esports, rather than simply doing well in terms of accommodating players, Unikrn continues to offer a solid selection of bets covering the major esports and tournaments.

Bet365

Bet365 is another site that, for the simple volume of markets on esports betting, towers above most of its competitors. The site’s sports betting expertise and customer service also serves it well in providing a great experience to players.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle remains lagging behind in usability and game coverage, but highly competitive with esports betting odds and promotions. This keeps the site well in the top five esports betting sites without too much effort.

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The week in esports events

Let’s take a look at the week that was and upcoming esports betting opportunities.

CS:GO

The biggest esports tournament currently taking place is the PGL Major Kraków, which is giving $1 million to the world’s top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in Poland. After that, we have to wait until August and DreamHack Masters.

Dota 2

There is no Dota 2 action in major events taking place until August, but of course that action is massive in the shape of the largest esports tournament in history. At the time of writing, The International 7 is just about overtaking its last incarnation.

League of Legends

League of Legends is a constant presence in the world of esports betting sites due to the plethora of splits and playoffs and other tournaments that seem to be constantly ongoing.

StarCraft

Last week in WCS Valencia, Elazer took home the gold to Poland after Neeb’s back-to-back wins in Austin and Sweden. This week, StarCraft players head to Germany for the HomeStory Cup XV.

Esports Betting Outlook: Bookies Lose Out In League Of Legends Rift Rivals

July 11, 2017

Rift Rivals, the international League of Legends event saw something of an upset as China’s LPL defeated Korean rivals LCK in the finals of the tournament. This was also an upset for esports betting sites, which had heavily backed the Korean favorites.

Now that Rift Rivals is over, Dota 2 is once again dominating headlines as The International comes ever closer to beating its own prize pool record.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

Bet365 once again takes the podium as one of the week’s best esports betting sites with a thoroughly comprehensive overview of all the major esports tournaments as well as some more niche events, each with in-depth markets.

Betway

As ever, Betway continues to impress the esports betting world with dedicated promotions that you just do not find at any other site. This is also backed up by a not too shabby selection of bets and markets, though it doesn’t compete with the other sites in the top three.

SkyBet

League of Legends continues to be the dominant offer heading up the plethora of esports betting markets available at SkyBet. Similarly, it continues to be the dominant esports betting site by volume.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle, the site that literally wrote the book on esports betting, continues to suffer from an apparent lack of organization in its offer. That being said, if you can make your way through the noise to find the signal there are some good bets available.

Unikrn

Unikrn still struggles against the big boys of sports betting but puts up a very respectable show of esports betting offers week after week.

The week in esports events

Let’s have a look at the upcoming events in the world of esports.

League of Legends

No surprise that League of Legends is still the king of the esports betting markets when it comes to the sheer volume of bets. That, as always, is thanks to the dozens of various tournaments occurring around the world even as Rift Rivals has wrapped up.

CS:GO

SK Gaming triumphed in ESL One Cologne but there’s scarcely time to celebrate the victory before we move on to the next major CS:GO event in Europe. The PGL Major Kraków kicks off in Poland this weekend, and there is $1 million to play for.

Dota 2

Speaking of massive prize pools, August’s The International now tops $20.7 million and seems an absolute certainty to beat last year’s record-setting $21 million prize pool. That takes place in Seattle on August 7, and naturally the betting will come thick and fast.

StarCraft

The World Championship Series continues in Valencia with 80 StarCraft players once again competing for a $100,000 purse. Neeb has won the last two events back-to-back, so there’s no prizes for guessing where the bulk of the betting is headed this time.

Overwatch

Overwatch APEX Season 3 wraps up at the end of this week, with the conclusion of a multi-month series and a $177,000 prize pool being awarded in Korea.

Esports Betting Outlook: Intel Grand Slam Wraps; Rift Rivals Begins; The International Set To Break Record

July 3, 2017

It’s that time of year again as the eyes of the esports betting world turn on Dota 2 and The International, which begins at the end of August.

The prize pool recently surpassed $20 million and there’s still some way to go. That means that last year’s record-breaking $20.8 million prize purse is likely to be overtaken considerably.

There are also big events in CS:GO and League of Legends going on now.

Where to bet on esports

Betway

Betway remains the only major, mainstream sportsbook to be offering esports-specific promotions. That means it’s a good spot for esports betting fans to grab extra value. This week there is an accumulator boost on certain fixtures.

SkyBet

SkyBet is making up with numbers what it cannot with targeted esports promotions, continuing to provide easily the biggest list of esports betting markets and coverage available. Esports betting fans should make the UK-focused bookie one of their first ports of call.

Bet365

Rounding out the big three of the esports betting world as always is Bet365, with the Stoke-based site providing a thoroughly comprehensive list of markets across all games. This week, Rift Rivals and The International lead the way.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle continues to provide solid markets and prices, albeit in a nigh-unusable way amidst a site full of outdated information and links to matches long played and forgotten.

Unikrn

Unikrn is the esports betting specialist of this group with no major sportsbook to speak of. That gives it an edge that other sites perhaps do not have the time or resources to capitalize on.

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The week in esports events

Let’s take a look at the week that was and upcoming events in esports betting.

Dota 2

Dota 2 is taking over the esports betting headlines as the summer rolls on. Not only do we have The International 2017 looming over August like the behemoth that it is, but the Mars Dota 2 League is underway in Wuhan, China, and is being followed up by DreamLeague in Atlanta later this month.

CS:GO

The Intel Grand Slam Season 1 is underway and concludes tomorrow, with $1 million to be won. The very next day, 16 teams head to Cologne, Germany, to complete for $250,000 in the ESL One. Plus, it’s CS:GO, so there is obviously a huge number of other smaller events ongoing.

League of Legends

Rift Rivals is officially underway in the world of League of Legends with Rift Rivals Purple beginning today and the remaining tournaments taking place throughout the next week. Of course, there are still an absolute ton of other events ongoing in the world’s biggest esport.

StarCraft

StarCraft being StarCraft, there is constantly esports betting action in Korea. This month, things go a bit more global with stops in Spain and China for the WCS Valencia and IEM Season XII Shanghai over the course of the next three weeks.

Hearthstone

The 2017 Hearthstone Wild Open wrapped up this week, with Italy’s Alb1987 triumphing over Control in the final. Later this week, the Hearthstone Spring Championship begins in Shanghai.

Esports Betting Outlook: Big Events Wrap Up As The International Prize Pool Tops $19 Million

June 26, 2017

This week is a week of wrapping up and kicking off in the world of esports and therefore esports betting.

Of course, with an action-packed July and August ahead of us as well as a prize pool for The International for Dota 2 that’s $19 million and counting, it could be described as the calm before the storm.

This is good news for esports betting fans, as there is a lot of wagering to be done over the coming months.

Where to bet on esports

Betway

Betway’s latest esports-specific promotion (by the way, Betway is still the only site offering these) is a free €10/£10/$10 bet when you bet €25/£25/$25 on esports events, which is pretty good value for prospective esports bettors.

SkyBet

Despite no targeted promotion for esports betting fans, SkyBet remains the site with by far and away the biggest number of esports betting markets and the widest tournament coverage, which makes the site an invaluable resource.

Bet365

Looking ahead to August and the eight-figure behemoth that awaits, Bet365 has The International qualifiers headlining the list of esports bets available ahead of even next month’s Rift Rivals games in the world of League of Legends.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle is still doing a roaring trade in esports bets in spite of outdated information and links on the site. If you can navigate through the noise, the signal is still pretty good and the original esports betting site still has a good number of markets and prices.

Unikrn

Unikrn, the esports betting specialist of this group of sites, still covers by and large the big esports events and tournaments with less focus these days on the niche games.

The week in esports events

Let’s check out all the action from the previous week as well as explore some esports betting options for the next seven days.

CS:GO

In London, SK Gaming defeated FaZe Clan for the Esports Championship Series title in CS:GO. Next week, 16 teams are heading across the English Channel to Germany for the Cologne edition of ESL One. Next month there is a double whammy of $1 million events by way of the Intel Grand Slam and the PGL Major Kraków.

Hearthstone

Two events in Europe saw two European winners in Hearthstone, as Orange won on home soil in Sweden by defeating espumito in DreamHack Summer 2017. Mitsuhide came out on top in Germany after winning the SeatStory Cup VII.

League of Legends

Ongoing Split matches are becoming old news, though they are obviously providing a wealth of esports betting opportunities. League of Legends is changing things up a little from next week, though, as Rift Rivals games kick off.

Heroes of the Storm

Fnatic crowned itself champions of the Mid-Season Brawl, besting Team Dignatis to take the lion’s share of a $250,000 prize pool in Sweden. Next up in the world of Heroes of the Storm, we await the outcome of the various Pro Leagues.

StarCraft

Neeb made it a double in the world of StarCraft, winning back-to-back World Championship Series events in the US and Sweden. The next one begins in mid-July, back on European soil in Spain, so we shall see if a triple is in the cards.

Dota 2

The prize pool for The International in August has now crossed the $19 million threshold, but before we head to Seattle for that we have the Mars Dota 2 League to look forward to in China, beginning next week.

Esports Betting Outlook: Dota 2 Continues To Headline With Summit 7

June 19, 2017

Dota 2 continues to provide us with headline news in the world of esports betting.

Following the EPICENTER news last week, The Summit 7 wrapped up this past weekend – read on for the results and see if your bets came in. In even bigger news, we’re still looking forward to The International and a prize pool that now tops $15 million.

Where to bet on esports

Betway

A combination of the utility and usability of the Betway homepage, plus a steadfast dedication to embracing esports betting fans as customers with targeted promotions and extras, means that this site remains a top pick for us.

SkyBet

Another top pick can be found at UK betting company SkyBet. SkyBet always has a staggering number of esports bets available, covering not just the most games and tournaments but the biggest selection of markets within each game as well.

Bet365

Bet365 rounds out the podium of the best esports betting sites with a selection of bets that is second only to its fellow British bookies. The Stoke-based bookmaker is another fantastic choice for esports betting fans looking for in-depth selections.

Unikrn

Unsurprisingly, League of Legends markets are the also vast majority of Unikrn’s esports betting selection. The difference is, of course, that Unikrn is entirely esports-focused, unlike the three sites above.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has yet to reclaim the title of best esports betting site, but that doesn’t seem to stop fans of esports flocking to the original.

The week in esports events

Let’s take a look at the week just gone and look ahead to future bets on esports.

Dota 2

Once again, Dota 2 headlines the world of esports for the past week as The Summit 7 concluded just yesterday. Virtus.Pro took down the title, while on the other side of the Pacific Ocean in Shenzhen, China, Newbee won Galaxy Battles.

StarCraft

Depending on what time you read this, you may well still be able to fire a bet off at the World Championship Series, which is wrapping up in Sweden today. Next up for StarCraft fans is the Global StarCraft League in Seoul next month.

CS:GO

This week, London’s calling to CS:GO fans as eight teams will head to the UK for the Esports Championship Finals and a $660,000 prize pool. After that, we’re off to Cologne for ESL One.

League of Legends

League of Legends continues to be the dominant force in the world of esports betting by sheer number of matches and markets, with a gigantic list of ongoing Splits, Play-offs and other events continuing throughout June and early July.

Hearthstone

Joining the StarCraft crews in Sweden is a group of elite Hearthstone players, competing for DreamHack Summer glory and a prize pool of $25,000. The Hearthstone Spring Championship follows in Shanghai next month.

Heroes of the Storm

Last but not least in Sweden, the Heroes of the Storm Mid-Season Brawl is wrapping up today. Like StarCraft, there may be time to get your bets in still!

Esports Betting Outlook: Team Liquid Wins EPICENTER Ahead Of Major Summer

June 12, 2017

Team Liquid is the latest Dota 2 champion of EPICENTER, having secured the title in Russia.

Looking ahead for more action in the world of esports betting, there is plenty of League of Legends action continuing, CS:GO events are ramping up across July and The International’s prize pool has now topped $14.5 million.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

Bet365 is consistently a top pick for esports betting fans, week in and week out. The British bookie might be in second or third place when it comes to usability and runner-up in bets offered, but easily comes out on top in both combined.

Betway

Betway’s sponsorship of Ninjas in Pyjamas is still front and center of the site’s esports offer, as well as a couple of different free bet promotions solely for esports betting. It is actually the only site to offer this sort of esports exclusive promotion.

SkyBet

There’s nothing new to say about SkyBet this week. If you want a gargantuan list of more esports betting markets than you can possibly imagine, accept no substitutes.

Unikrn

The only site to specialise in esports betting, Unikrn offers a range of esports betting markets across major tournaments. The days of bombarding customers with a plethora of smaller games and tournaments seem to be gone, though.

Pinnacle

The original kings of esports betting continue to offer a wide range of markets at decent odds. Though, again, an overall site update wouldn’t go amiss – the second most recent article on Pinnacle is about the League of Legends World Championship… in 2015.

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The week in esports events

While there are not many major events to report on this coming week, there’s still plenty of esports betting action to be had.

Dota 2

As we mentioned above, Team Liquid emerged as EPICENTER 2017 champions following a swift run of victories in Moscow. Liquid took home the lion’s share of a $500,000 purse. Next up we have Galaxy Battle and DOTA Summit 7, each taking place on the opposite side of the Pacific.

StarCraft

This week, the World Championship Series heads to Finland as 80 StarCraft players will compete for a $100,000 prize pool. This will be followed up next month with a trip to Valencia, Spain, for more of the same.

League of Legends

For every League of Legends event wrapping up this week, we have more starting as the action-packed summer of Splits and playoffs continues in the world’s most popular competitive esport.

Heroes of the Storm

Over in Sweden the Mid-Season Brawl is well underway, with $250,000 up for grabs and 12 of the world’s best going head-to-head for it, with a new Hearthstone champion to be determined this time next week.

CS:GO

We’ve still got a couple of weeks before the next burst of CS:GO action begins, but when it begins boy does it begin in earnest. Between the end of June and September, we’re looking at over $2.1 million to be won.

Image courtesy of EPICENTER official photo bank.

Esports Betting Outlook: Dota 2 EPICENTER 2017 Highlights Action-Packed Week

June 7, 2017

The headline action this week is in Dota 2 for a couple of reasons:

  • The ever-growing prize pool for The International has crossed the $13 million mark with three months to go;
  • EPICENTER dominates the odds list this week.

That’s not to say there isn’t other esports betting action, though – in fact it’s quite the opposite, with a jam-packed summer continuing across games and tournaments.

Where to bet on esports

Betway

Esports-specific promotions for esports betting fans are still ongoing at Betway, which is keeping the site firmly cemented in the top spot when it comes to all-round value and support for this ever-growing market.

SkyBet

With all the major and premier events going on across the biggest esports games, you wouldn’t blame any site for not covering the smaller events and more niche games. SkyBet is covering each and every one, remaining No. 1 for esports betting volume.

Bet365

In the same vein, Bet365 is essentially everything that a customer would want from an esports betting site in terms of markets offered, games covered and the value in some of the bets available.

Unikrn

Unikrn remains focused on the big three esports, with League of Legends totally dominating the list of markets at the specialist site. That means that Unikrn is competing with major sportsbooks in the world of esports betting, which may work out well or terribly.

Pinnacle

A revamp of user experience and graphics would do wonders for Pinnacle, which dropped off the top spot in the world of esports betting some time back and has yet to regain a strong footing there.

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The week in esports events

Despite all the esports tournaments that wrapped up in exciting ways last week, there’s much more ongoing and starting this week.

CS:GO

This past weekend saw G2 Esports win the ESL Pro League in Dallas, netting a nice lump of change in the shape of $225,000. CS:GO action is ongoing and increasing this summer, with London hosting the Esports Championship Series finals in three weeks.

Dota 2

The weekly prize pool watch first: The International now has a purse of $13.3 million. In more timely news, Moscow is hosting ten of the world’s best for EPICENTER 2017 throughout the course of this week, and there’s much more to come this month.

League of Legends

With the Summer Splits well and truly underway, yet more League of Legends action has kicked off thanks to the Closing Cup events, all lining the ever-shortening path to the World Championships.

Overwatch

In the world of the not-so-new-anymore kid on the block that is Overwatch, we’ve got Overwatch Contenders events around the world online and the ongoing Overwatch APEX events to keep our eyes on.

Heroes of the Storm

Next week the elite of the Global Championship events across the world will get together in Sweden for the Mid-Season Brawl and compete for a prize pool of $250,000.

Hearthstone

This week the StarLadder i-Series finals kick off in Kiev with eight Hearthstone players taking on one another in Ukraine.

Esports Betting Outlook: ESL Pro League Finals For CS:GO; League Of Legends, Dota 2 Action Heats Up

May 29, 2017

If you like to bet on League of Legends, CS:GO or Dota 2, you are in for a treat. There are dozens of League of Legends fixtures throughout June, but the world’s most popular esport is far from overshadowing its rivals.

In fact, there is nearly $3.7 million to be won in Dota 2 and CS:GO tournaments alone before the end of summer – and that’s not even counting The International, which features an ever-increasing prize pool that now tops $12 million.

Where to bet on esports

SkyBet

We say it almost every week, but SkyBet easily has the biggest collection of esports betting markets available online. It’s more pertinent now, however, with such a vast amount of esports action over the summer. If you can think of an esports bet, it’s here.

Betway

Betway is not the biggest site by numbers, but it is the biggest in terms of esports involvement and esports betting promotions. That holds true for this week as well, which means that if you’re planning to make esports bets this summer, you need to really bookmark this sportsbook.

Bet365

The only site giving SkyBet a close run in terms of sheer market numbers is Bet365. That means that discerning esports bettors looking to get good value on their esports betting this summer absolutely must peruse and compare the odds of these two giants.

Pinnacle

The original but no longer the best, Pinnacle nevertheless has some value for a savvy esports bettor even if the number of markets and games covered isn’t quite up to scratch.

Unikrn

With all the esports betting action sure to be surrounding the big three esports this summer, it’s great to have somewhere to stop by and check out the smaller events and the more niche games.

The week in esports events

There’s certainly no shortage of action this week, and there’s a good amount to catch up on from last week, too:

CS:GO

What we have been calling the “Summer of CS:GO” has officially begun thanks to this week’s ESL Pro League Finals in Dallas. This will be followed by the Esports Championship Series Finals, ESL One: Cologne, the PGL Major Kraków and then the DreamHack Masters — all before September.

Dota 2

The International’s prize pool has now climbed to over $12.2 million, but Dota 2 players first have to focus on the ZOTAC Cup Masters, EPICENTER 2017, Galaxy Battles, DOTA Summit 7, DreamLeague Season 7 and more.

League of Legends

The road to the League of Legends World Championship is a long one, and the start of no less than a dozen Summer Split tournaments over the next two weeks is proof of that. Looking back, this past week saw the conclusion of the SLO Spring Cup and the crowning of Giants OTB as champions.

StarCraft

StarCraft players have stops in Finland and Spain in back-to-back World Championship Series events this month. Each will see 80 players battle it out; each will award $100,000 in cash to the top contenders.

Heroes of the Storm

This month, Finland is also playing host to the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship in the form of the Mid-Season Brawl, with 12 of the world’s best clashing for the lion’s share of a $250,000 prize pool.

Overwatch

The Overwatch Premier Series is underway in Shanghai, and after that we have the worldwide online editions of the Overwatch Contenders championship.

Esports Betting Outlook: Breaking Down League Of Legends, Dota 2 Action

May 22, 2017

League of Legends clashes and Dota 2 games spurred most of the esports betting action this past week. But that’s small potatoes compared to what’s ahead.

We really cannot understate the massiveness of summer in all the major games, including CS:GO. Even without The International looming over August like a multi-million dollar behemoth, there is several million to be won across all the major esports throughout June, July and August which means a booming betting market.

Where to bet on esports

SkyBet

For the umpteenth week in a row, SkyBet has close to zero competition in the esports betting market when we consider the sheer number of bets available. Game coverage to in-game betting, SkyBet remains king.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle is doing some work on fixing the usability issues rampant on the site, with a bit more organization on the odds page and a little clean-up of outdated links. Aesthetically and functionally, an improvement would once again put Pinnacle top of the esports betting pile.

Bet365

A perfect marriage of game coverage and usability leads to a site like Bet365, which is consistently the best place to go for esports betting markets – at least to throw into an odds comparison table with some of the competition.

Betway

Betway retains the title of “most involved sportsbook” with a dedicated esports betting page that shows exactly what a big-name sportsbook can do when it really embraces the world of esports betting. It features weekly promotions, continued team sponsorship and overall a great site.

Unikrn

The esports betting specialist Unikrn has had a revamp of its site. That makes many of the markets more accessible and showcases some of the lesser-known events being covered.

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The week in esports events

The action is continually heating up along with the weather as we head into summer.

Some of the bigger esports are still taking a breather ahead of some action-packed months to come, but let’s check out the week that was and upcoming major tournaments for the games that are running this week.

League of Legends

There is still a huge amount of upcoming League of Legends action over the next couple of months. But the biggest news is that SK Telecom defeated G2 Esports for the top prize of $100,000 in the Mid-Season Invitational. This week, we’ll see the conclusion of the SLO Spring Cup and EUCS Summer Qualifiers.

Dota 2

We’re still a little over two months away from The International and a prize pool of (so far) $10 million and climbing. Team Liquid yesterday won the StarLadder i-League and now sights are set on the Manila Masters, which takes place later on this week.

CS:GO

In a little more than a week, the ESL Pro League Season 5 finals take place in Dallas with $750,000 to play for. We’ll see 12 teams competing for a top prize of $225,000 across several days.

Heroes of the Storm

Sweden has been confirmed as the location of the Global Championship Mid-Season Brawl, with $250,000 to play for between 12 of the world’s best.

Esports Betting Report: Calm Before The Storm With StarLadder Invite

May 15, 2017

While we are coming up to a thoroughly action-packed summer of esports tournaments and esports bets, including The International in August and a multi-million dollar summer for CS:GO players, this week is a bit slow in terms of esports betting action.

With League of Legends Splits and Playoffs winding down for the moment, this might be the slowest week of the year so far. But there is still plenty to bet on.

Where to bet on esports

SkyBet

If there’s one way to tell whether or not it’s a dull week in the world of esports betting it’s by looking at the selection on SkyBet. This week, SkyBet’s list of markets is only a million miles long instead of the usual light years.

Unikrn

Unikrn has seized the opportunity afforded by a slower week to really showcase specialist skills. This week, the site has a range of bets on various games including some of the smaller CS:GO tournaments.

Betway

The Betway revamp continues; this week the site boasts a streamlined and heavy esports betting selection. It’s great to navigate, but the minimalist approach has also been applied to the betting markets with only the major three games covered now.

Bet365

Still the site with the most esports betting markets alongside SkyBet, Bet365 also showcases the lack of action this week with a comparatively low number of esports bets available. It’s still more than all but one other site, of course, but it’s the lowest its been this year.

Pinnacle

Of course, we’re looking at the same old story with Pinnacle. The site desperately needs to refocus its energy on esports bets if it wants to remain competitive. However, in Pinnacle’s defense, it’s still doing very well in taking bets, so what do we know?

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The week in esports events

Now, let’s take a look at the week that was in the world of esports, as well as all the upcoming events.

Dota 2

This week, eight top teams will head to Shanghai for the StarLadder i-League Invitational and the $100,000 prize pool that goes with it. However, next week sees the start of the Manila Masters, a $250,000 affair just across the sea.

League of Legends

The Mid-Season Invitational ends one week from today, and the SLO Spring Cup a week after that. However, this week there will be no major victories on the League of Legends front.

CS:GO

Since SK won the Intel Extreme Masters XII in Sydney, there have been no further major events in the world of CS:GO – though, to be fair, it has been only a week. There will be more than $1.3 million to play for in both June and July, though, so watch this space.

Heroes of the Storm

The Global Championship Phase #1 concluded across the world last week, with Fnatic taking down the Europe Pro League, Tempo Storm crushing the North America Pro League and L5 topping the competitive Korean league.

Hearthstone

The CN vs EU Championship saw a thoroughly Chinese victory, as both the first place and runner-up spots bore a red flag. XHope wound up defeating Dogggg in the final to keep the top two prizes on Chinese soil.