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