Esports Betting Outlook: The International Tops $20 Million, Is The Centerpiece Of The Week’s Action

Written By Matt Perry on August 8, 2016 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]Naturally, another week in esports is being dominated by The International and its $20 million prize pool.

Outside of the world of Dota 2, there is still some great esports action and all the betting opportunities that come with it.

What’s on offer at the bookmakers


You’ll see a pattern emerging in this report, and that pattern is TI6 dominating the esports betting markets. In the case of Betway, the outrights are joined by an enhanced multiple option to add some variety to the realm of Dota 2 bets.

In the world of CS:GO, the Esports Entertainment Association League (ESEA) markets are going strong. Betway has also kept up its esports blog with a somewhat topical Pokémon Go entry.

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League of Legends is a strong option at SkyBet, alongside the CS:GO betting markets and (surprise, surprise) The International. Summer Split playoff games get top billing at SkyBet this week.

Looking ahead, it would be nice to see SkyBet expanding an already-strong esports offer; there are Starcraft and Hearthstone-shaped holes to fill for a start.

With the esports betting market growing ever-more competitive, sites can’t afford to lag behind too long.


Unsurprisingly, the esports betting specialists at Unikrn have the greatest range of esports betting options.

It goes without saying that The International is well-covered, but on top of that bettors will find markets for Call of Duty, Heroes of the Storm and World of Tanks.


Bet365 have the CS:GO betting market well and truly covered compared to its competitors, even taking bets on Betway’s own CS:GO Invitational. As well as the ESEA League options covered by other sites, Bet365 customers can get in on the XFunction Masters action.


The original esports betting market is still going strong, and a revamped look to Pinnacle’s esports hub is a welcome innovation in these competitive times.

One special piece of news for Pinnacle is that the site is well on its way to their one millionth esports bet since opening its esports betting market way back in 2010.

PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes

There are still no signs of life in Coral’s esports betting market, but PaddyPower and Ladbrokes are still soldiering on. A FIFA ’17 market at the latter is a new addition, but this week we’ve nothing new from the Emerald Isle.

The week in esports events

Dota 2

For the second consecutive week, the esports world is being dominated by the industry’s largest annual event. This year, The International is another record-breaker with a prize pool of over $20 million as the main event kicks off.

League of Legends

With the wrapping up of the regular season for the Summer Split and the playoffs underway, there’s still lots to play for in the world of League of Legends as we look ahead to September and the World Championship, which will take us to Chicago, San Francisco and then finally New York’s Madison Square Garden.


The ESEA League continues on, but there’s scant CS:GO action in this Dota-dominated summer.

Heroes of the Storm

This must be the calm before the Heroes of the Storm, as there are no major events taking place at this time.


While professional Starcraft 2 matches are taking a back seat to The International, the exciting news for players is that Blizzard may well be releasing an updated HD version of the classic game.


Overwatch is still soaring in popularity and it must only be a matter of time before some big money makes its way into the competitive Overwatch world.

Hearthstone 2

Hearthstone fans will join other esports players in being very happy to see the back of TI6 so that they can receive some news about their game of choice.

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