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

Written By Matt Perry on July 11, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]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 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.


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.


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, 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 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.


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.


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 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.

Matt Perry Avatar
Written by
Matt Perry

View all posts by Matt Perry