The fast-growing popularity of eSports was further illustrated at the weekend with several milestones set at The International 2015 Dota 2 Championships in Seattle, USA, including the youngest gamer to earn more than $1million.
The grand showpiece of Valve’s popular massively online battle arena game Dota 2, The International 2015 offered an eye-watering prize pot of $18,429,613 – the largest prize pool in eSports.
Overall winners Evil Geniuses (USA) bagged $6,630,109 of that total, having defeated China’s CDEC in a hard-fought final on 8 August 2015. One of that five-man-team’s stars was Pakistani gamer Sumail Hassan Syed aka “Suma1L”, who at 16 years 2 months 21 days became the youngest gamer to earn $1 million in eSports winnings. He has also became the youngest known winner of The International. Sumail had moved to Illinois, USA in 2014 in order to pursue a career in pro gaming.