To be able to bet on esports you will of course need to know which events to seek out. Most esports betting is focused around a handful of games that usually generated the largest handle. These include Dota 2, CS:GO, and League of Legends. Each has its own specifics and we will now list the top esports betting events you can expect and bet on. We will avoid listing specific dates just yet, as they are subject to change from one year to the next.
Dota 2: The International & Majors
Dota 2 is the game with the largest prize pool in history. The International, the Dota 2’s ‘world championship,’ generated $34,328,802 for its 2019 edition, whopping $32,728,802 of which were contributed by fans. The event was reportedly watched by 2 million people worldwide, making it one of the best events.
In terms of esports betting handle, all bookmakers, from endemic (focused solely on esports) to non-endemic all had odds for each game. There were tons of available markets, from outright match winner, to tournament winner, to 2nd place finisher, handicaps, total kills, and many other possible bets.
Another important series of events to look out for if you want to bet on Dota 2 is the so-called Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). This is a qualifying event for The International. The events are usually annoucned at some point after the TI and then new information is released as soon as it becomes available.
Looking to bet on Dota 2? Make sure to not miss on the dates of the Minor and Major events, part of the DPC as well as The International, of course.
CS:GO Katowice & Other Majors
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the oldest competitive titles which continues to draw a significant esports betting interest. The playerbase has been somehwat smaller than most other competitive games, but the investment flow towards CS:GO has been huge.
One of the highlights of the competitive season is the CS:GO Katowice, part of the Intel Extreme Masters. The event has been running since 2016 and the Polish city of Katowice is shaping up to the one of the latest hubs for esports in Europe.
Meanwhile, the CS:GO Major Championships are another active competitive. They again create an international structure whereby teams participate to accumulate the most points and win the title. The tournaments have a prize pool of $1 million, which again makes them some of the most generous events out there and hence the interest towards the game.
LoL Mid-Seasonal and Worlds
League of Legends is the world’s most watched competitive video game, with 100 million people tunining in worldwide to see the Worlds 2019. Even though the prizepool for the event was just $1 million, the Worlds have another draw, as they are one of the most viewed event in history.
There are also the LoL mid-seasonal events which are revealed every year by Riot Games, the creators, that bring all good teams from across the globe to play against each other. If you are looking for top esports betting action, though, you should remember that League of Legends has franchised leagues in Europe and North America and they are running with quite a few games every day of the week.