Esports Betting Outlook: Breaking Down League Of Legends, Dota 2 Action

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

[toc]League of Legends clashes and Dota 2 games spurred most of the esports betting action this past week. But that’s small potatoes compared to what’s ahead.

We really cannot understate the massiveness of summer in all the major games, including CS:GO. Even without The International looming over August like a multi-million dollar behemoth, there is several million to be won across all the major esports throughout June, July and August which means a booming betting market.

Where to bet on esports


For the umpteenth week in a row, SkyBet has close to zero competition in the esports betting market when we consider the sheer number of bets available. Game coverage to in-game betting, SkyBet remains king.


Pinnacle is doing some work on fixing the usability issues rampant on the site, with a bit more organization on the odds page and a little clean-up of outdated links. Aesthetically and functionally, an improvement would once again put Pinnacle top of the esports betting pile.


A perfect marriage of game coverage and usability leads to a site like Bet365, which is consistently the best place to go for esports betting markets – at least to throw into an odds comparison table with some of the competition.


Betway retains the title of “most involved sportsbook” with a dedicated esports betting page that shows exactly what a big-name sportsbook can do when it really embraces the world of esports betting. It features weekly promotions, continued team sponsorship and overall a great site.


The esports betting specialist Unikrn has had a revamp of its site. That makes many of the markets more accessible and showcases some of the lesser-known events being covered.

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The week in esports events

The action is continually heating up along with the weather as we head into summer.

Some of the bigger esports are still taking a breather ahead of some action-packed months to come, but let’s check out the week that was and upcoming major tournaments for the games that are running this week.

League of Legends

There is still a huge amount of upcoming League of Legends action over the next couple of months. But the biggest news is that SK Telecom defeated G2 Esports for the top prize of $100,000 in the Mid-Season Invitational. This week, we’ll see the conclusion of the SLO Spring Cup and EUCS Summer Qualifiers.

Dota 2

We’re still a little over two months away from The International and a prize pool of (so far) $10 million and climbing. Team Liquid yesterday won the StarLadder i-League and now sights are set on the Manila Masters, which takes place later on this week.


In a little more than a week, the ESL Pro League Season 5 finals take place in Dallas with $750,000 to play for. We’ll see 12 teams competing for a top prize of $225,000 across several days.

Heroes of the Storm

Sweden has been confirmed as the location of the Global Championship Mid-Season Brawl, with $250,000 to play for between 12 of the world’s best.

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