Evil Geniuses, the winning team from US of which Sumail was a part, won around $6.6 million by beating out China’s CDEC (who took home a very respectable $2.2 million). EG is currently one of the top North American teams and has won around $11 million by competing in 463 tournaments till date.
Sumail aka Suma1L, was 16 years 2 months 21 days old at the time of victory, making him the youngest gamer to earn $1 million in eSports winnings. His earnings as a pro gamer are now up to $1.6 million. Another feather in his crown was becoming the youngest winner of The International but it bears mentioning the ages of previous winners aren’t public knowledge.
Last year, Sumail moved to Illinois, USA to play professional Dota. He made his name known at the Dota 2 Asian Championship in China where he led Evil Geniuses to victory and $1.2 million in prize money.
Right now, he is known as one of the best ‘mid’ Dota 2 players in the world. He was one of the star performers of Ti5 and led from the front in most games.
Dota 2, which has over 11.5 million monthly players, is one of the most popular multiplayer online battle arena games in the world. The International 5 (Ti5) saw 16 teams earn over $18 million which also set a new record for the largest prize pool in eSports.