Pakistani, 15, becomes Dota 2 world champ
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Sumail, richest esports player by age in history, bags $6.6m online game championship
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A 15-year-old Pakistani online gamer from Karachi, Sumail Hassan Syed, inspired by my son, Danyal Zahid, and once his team member, today won $1.2 million in Dota 2 Asia Championships in China and became the world’s best Dota 2 player. DAC15 is the world’s biggest tournament in Dota 2 after TI5.
Sumail (game name: SumaiL) plays for Evil Geniuses, the likely Number 1 Dota 2 team in the world. The $1.2 million is a team prize, which will go to five team players equally.
Our Danyal (game name: Danger) became the Pakistan champion of Dota at age 13, in a championship held at World Cyber Games (WCG) in Lahore, Pakistan.
See also by Danyal Zahid: 6 things that made Sumail world champ in Dota 2
Sumail says he was attracted to the game by watching Danyal style of play. He later became part of Danyal’s Dota 2 team with his brother YawaR (game name) and played for two years until Danyal headed to Canada for his BBA at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
Sumail (middle) and Danyal (right) at a Dota 2 tournament at Procom 2013 at FAST University, Karachi
Sumail (@) has nearly 6,000 followers on Twitter and today’s win would mean thousands more would follow him in a matter of hours. Within a few minutes of his win, he became the 7th biggest Twitter trend globally.
Sumail is currently in China for the DAC15 and will return to the United States to a hero’s welcome! He now resides in Chicago.
e-sports are a serious business now. The US grants these players visa in athletics category. China, soon to be the world leader, has full curriculum based around online games. In UK, online games are expected to replace examinations and BBC is analysing games potential to be an education fit for the future.
Dota 2 International now has bigger prize money than the T20 cricket and Tour de France. Last year’s graphic from The Economist magazine, above.
By Wali Zahid (@walizahid)
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