Esports Betting Outlook: OG Wins Dota 2 Kiev Major For $1 Million

Written By Matt Perry on May 1, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]The first multi-million dollar event of the summer — the Kiev Major for Dota 2 — wrapped up with OG defeating 3-2 after each side won their respective semifinals in whitewash victories. OG took home $1 million, while Virtus had to settle for $500,000.

However, Kiev is far from the only big event wrapping up or kicking off this week:

  • The 2017 Mid-Season Invitational headlines a list of ongoing League of Legends events;
  • The Intel Extreme Masters XII begins this week in Sydney
  • We have a massive spring and summer ahead of us, with a variety of events scheduled.

Where to bet on esports


Betway continues as per normal, with something of a lack of competitiveness with regards to the number of covered esports betting markets, but total domination when it comes to involvement and immersion in the esports world.


SkyBet is also continuing as normal, with a resounding victory if we’re playing a “which site has the widest selection of esports bets” competition, but a lack of usability and organization in the listings.


Finally, Bet365 rounds out the big three also continuing as normal. It has a similarly gargantuan list of esports bets including a lot of niche markets that should really suit fans.


Unikrn also has a good deal of coverage, though the specialist’s reach extends only a few weeks into the future. That means that despite good coverage of the esports tournament world, its selection appears less competitive.


It’s the same old story with Pinnacle: A decent selection of bets with good match coverage and competitive odds, but dated links and information spoiling the offer.


After what appeared to nearly be a successful renaissance, Ladbrokes appear to have packed in the esports betting offers – the page now redirects, and there’s no esports listing in the A-Z Sports menu. Shame.

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The week in esports events

After a week that saw millions awarded to esports players, let’s take a look at the ongoing action in the world of esports.

League of Legends

The list of ongoing League of Legends events hasn’t been shorter for a while, but there is still a ton left to play for this year. Currently, the most notable events underway are the Mid-Season Inviational and the EUCS Summer Open.


This week marks the beginning of an action-packed few months for the world of CS:GO, with the Intel Extreme Masters XII getting underway Down Under and the ESL Pro League finals beginning at the end of May.

Dota 2

Obviously this past week was a massive one for Dota 2, but May still has $450,000 waiting to be won in Shanghai, Manila and Taipei. However, all eyes are on August now for Seattle and The International.


The World Championship Series saw 80 players head to Austin, Texas, with Neeb coming out on top to win $25,000 and 3,000 WCS Circuit Points. The next event takes place in Sweden next month.


This week, China plays host to the Hearthstone China vs Europe Championship. There’s over $200,000 up for grabs among 16 teams.

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