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

Written By Matt Perry on June 26, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]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’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.


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.


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Pinnacle is still doing a roaring trade in esports bets in spite of outdated information and links on the site.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, 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.


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.


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.


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.

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