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Dota 2 Betting

Dota 2 is one of the biggest MOBA games in the world, and has seen a meteoric rise in the international eSports market. The number of monthly active users is dwarfed by LOL, but it still boasts 13 million people playing every month, which is a pretty astounding number when you think about it. The whole eSports world owes Valve, the creators of Dota 2, a huge thank you because there is a no chance it would be where it is today without the firm’s investment.

Dota 2 was released at the same time as its first eSports tournament took place, in 2011, and has not looked back since. The opportunity to watch your favourite team and players, and track their results, has never been easier thanks to streaming sites and live updates.

Much like other games, the betting opportunities available now are beginning to grow. There are still the conventional bets on the winners of tournaments, matches and specific rounds, but recently more in-depth, gameplay-specific markets have become an interesting area for those who want to start betting on Dota 2. Punters can now stake on who will be first to ten, 15 or 20 kills, as well as who will slay the first Roshan or destroy the first barracks. Currently in-play betting isn’t possible, but the rate at which these markets are advancing means it can’t be too far away.

The sheer number of Dota 2 tournaments and level of popularity mean that some of the biggest bookmakers in the world allow betting on the hit MOBA game, butWilliam Hill tend to offer the most markets.


The eSports tournaments currently available for professional teams in Dota 2 are completely unrivalled across all other games. The first Dota 2 tournament was named The International and offered a purse of $1million- the biggest prize available in eSports at the time. This soon became an annual event, and took off even further in 2013, when crowdfunding was introduced to raise the prize level even higher.

That year, when players bought in-game items, 25% of the earnings went directly into the prize pool, which ended up at a staggering $2.8million. Since then, the annual tournament has set new records every single year, with the most recent installments of the tournament boasting a total prize pool of over $24million, of which just over $10million goes to the winning team.

In 2015, Valve introduced a series called The Majors, consisting of four annual tournaments, including The International, taking place every few months. The prize money for the three other majors was set at $3million, with the winners taking home $1.1million.

In total, professional tournaments for Dota 2 have distributed more than $65million in prize money to players and teams, almost double that of League of Legends, making it far and above the best-paying eSport in the world.