Esports Betting Outlook: ESL Pro League Finals For CS:GO; League Of Legends, Dota 2 Action Heats Up

Written By Matt Perry on May 29, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]If you like to bet on League of Legends, CS:GO or Dota 2, you are in for a treat. There are dozens of League of Legends fixtures throughout June, but the world’s most popular esport is far from overshadowing its rivals.

In fact, there is nearly $3.7 million to be won in Dota 2 and CS:GO tournaments alone before the end of summer – and that’s not even counting The International, which features an ever-increasing prize pool that now tops $12 million.

Where to bet on esports


We say it almost every week, but SkyBet easily has the biggest collection of esports betting markets available online. It’s more pertinent now, however, with such a vast amount of esports action over the summer. If you can think of an esports bet, it’s here.


Betway is not the biggest site by numbers, but it is the biggest in terms of esports involvement and esports betting promotions. That holds true for this week as well, which means that if you’re planning to make esports bets this summer, you need to really bookmark this sportsbook.


The only site giving SkyBet a close run in terms of sheer market numbers is Bet365. That means that discerning esports bettors looking to get good value on their esports betting this summer absolutely must peruse and compare the odds of these two giants.


The original but no longer the best, Pinnacle nevertheless has some value for a savvy esports bettor even if the number of markets and games covered isn’t quite up to scratch.


With all the esports betting action sure to be surrounding the big three esports this summer, it’s great to have somewhere to stop by and check out the smaller events and the more niche games.

The week in esports events

There’s certainly no shortage of action this week, and there’s a good amount to catch up on from last week, too:


What we have been calling the “Summer of CS:GO” has officially begun thanks to this week’s ESL Pro League Finals in Dallas. This will be followed by the Esports Championship Series Finals, ESL One: Cologne, the PGL Major Kraków and then the DreamHack Masters — all before September.

Dota 2

The International’s prize pool has now climbed to over $12.2 million, but Dota 2 players first have to focus on the ZOTAC Cup Masters, EPICENTER 2017, Galaxy Battles, DOTA Summit 7, DreamLeague Season 7 and more.

League of Legends

The road to the League of Legends World Championship is a long one, and the start of no less than a dozen Summer Split tournaments over the next two weeks is proof of that. Looking back, this past week saw the conclusion of the SLO Spring Cup and the crowning of Giants OTB as champions.


StarCraft players have stops in Finland and Spain in back-to-back World Championship Series events this month. Each will see 80 players battle it out; each will award $100,000 in cash to the top contenders.

Heroes of the Storm

This month, Finland is also playing host to the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship in the form of the Mid-Season Brawl, with 12 of the world’s best clashing for the lion’s share of a $250,000 prize pool.


The Overwatch Premier Series is underway in Shanghai, and after that we have the worldwide online editions of the Overwatch Contenders championship.

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