Esports Betting Outlook: The International Begins, But Also Plenty Of CS:GO, LoL Action

Written By Laurence Stanley on August 1, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]The International 2017 for Dota 2 begins Wednesday with group stages, featuring a record breaking prize pool of $23.2 million (and rising).

In other highlights, the Gfinity Elite Series for CS:GO premieres on the BBC for a prize pool of $110,000. Meanwhile, the developers of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have partnered with Gamescom to announce a $350,000 invitational tournament with 80 of the worlds best players and influencers.

Where to bet on esports

With so many esports events to choose from this summer, the betting sites are offering bigger and better bonuses to entice new audiences.


Betway continues to offer a huge range of esports odds and promotions, including many exclusive betting markets and price boosts. The book has released multiple price boosts and specials for this week’s International, including a 10/1 boost on LGD, Liquid, LGDFY and EG all to win 2-0.


As well as listing a wide range of odds for The International, SkyBet has a huge array of League of Legends odds listed from tournaments, such as the EU LCS and the Latin America North Cup.


Bet365 features plenty of International offers already posted, as well as a robust market for LoL.


Despite a lack of free bets and other promotions, Pinnacle will be a great place to find fantastic odds throughout the various esports events this week. It continues to promote it has the “best odds with the lowest margins.”  It would be nice to see Pinnacle add more markets to its esports fixtures as the majority of events only have money line, handicap and total rounds.


This exclusive esports bookmaker is one not to be missed this week. Being an esports-only betting site, it has an enormous range of games and tournaments to choose from.


As another esports exclusive bookmaker similar to Unikrn, Betspawn has a huge range of esports odds and fixtures. This week it posted odds for CS:GO, Dota 2, StarCraft 2, World of Warcraft and Vainglory matches. Betspawn often has great odds on the majority of its fixtures as well as a huge welcome bonus. Its website is arguable one of the easiest to navigate with live odds and scoreboards on the homepage.

Right from the homepage, you can tell that isn’t messing around when it comes to listing as many esports events as it can get its hands on. For fans of skin betting, allow deposits with skins as well as real money. You can feel confident with that it will continue to add new games to is esports listings as they are released and become popular among pro players.


Although they are a traditional sportsbook first and foremost, Unibet has more recently added tons of esports fixtures to the site. Its odds aren’t usually the best, but it frequently releases lots of different free bet promotions to make up for it. Unibet is a great betting site to use if you like betting on other sports as well as esports.

The week in esports events

Dota 2

Needing no introduction, the Dota 2 International 7 begins this week with the group stages taking place on Wednesday. The main event will take place the following week at the KeyArena in Seattle. Evil Geniuses vs. TNC Pro Team will be the first to battle it out for the Group A standings, followed by Team Liquid vs. iG.Vitality. Teams will play every other team in their group in a best-of-two.


The week in CS:GO begins with a bunch of games to continue the ESEA Premier Season 25. Throughout the weekend, the Gfinity Elite Series will be the focus, with teams such as Infused and EnVyUs Academy battling it out for the $110,000 prize pool in London.

League of Legends

The 2017 LoL Champions in Korea and the Master Series Summer Split are in full swing this week. Longzhu IM and KT Rolster are both joint leaders of the Korean Champions league with 39 points each.


We see more Corsair Cup games this week starting with KeeN vs Bly on Monday. There are also a few games for the StarCraft StarLeague Premier.

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