Esports Betting Outlook: Intel Grand Slam Wraps; Rift Rivals Begins; The International Set To Break Record

Written By Matt Perry on July 3, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]It’s that time of year again as the eyes of the esports betting world turn on Dota 2 and The International, which begins at the end of August.

The prize pool recently surpassed $20 million and there’s still some way to go. That means that last year’s record-breaking $20.8 million prize purse is likely to be overtaken considerably.

There are also big events in CS:GO and League of Legends going on now.

Where to bet on esports


Betway remains the only major, mainstream sportsbook to be offering esports-specific promotions. That means it’s a good spot for esports betting fans to grab extra value. This week there is an accumulator boost on certain fixtures.


SkyBet is making up with numbers what it cannot with targeted esports promotions, continuing to provide easily the biggest list of esports betting markets and coverage available. Esports betting fans should make the UK-focused bookie one of their first ports of call.


Rounding out the big three of the esports betting world as always is Bet365, with the Stoke-based site providing a thoroughly comprehensive list of markets across all games. This week, Rift Rivals and The International lead the way.


Pinnacle continues to provide solid markets and prices, albeit in a nigh-unusable way amidst a site full of outdated information and links to matches long played and forgotten.


Unikrn is the esports betting specialist of this group with no major sportsbook to speak of. That gives it an edge that other sites perhaps do not have the time or resources to capitalize on.

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The week in esports events

Let’s take a look at the week that was and upcoming events in esports betting.

Dota 2

Dota 2 is taking over the esports betting headlines as the summer rolls on. Not only do we have The International 2017 looming over August like the behemoth that it is, but the Mars Dota 2 League is underway in Wuhan, China, and is being followed up by DreamLeague in Atlanta later this month.


The Intel Grand Slam Season 1 is underway and concludes tomorrow, with $1 million to be won. The very next day, 16 teams head to Cologne, Germany, to complete for $250,000 in the ESL One. Plus, it’s CS:GO, so there is obviously a huge number of other smaller events ongoing.

League of Legends

Rift Rivals is officially underway in the world of League of Legends with Rift Rivals Purple beginning today and the remaining tournaments taking place throughout the next week. Of course, there are still an absolute ton of other events ongoing in the world’s biggest esport.


StarCraft being StarCraft, there is constantly esports betting action in Korea. This month, things go a bit more global with stops in Spain and China for the WCS Valencia and IEM Season XII Shanghai over the course of the next three weeks.


The 2017 Hearthstone Wild Open wrapped up this week, with Italy’s Alb1987 triumphing over Control in the final. Later this week, the Hearthstone Spring Championship begins in Shanghai.

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