WEB DESK: A Pakistani teenager made it to the Guiness Book of World Record for being the youngest millionaire through e-sport.
Sumail Khan became the youngest gamer in e-sport to surpass $ 1 million earnings as Dota 2 sets major records.
According to the official Guinness World Records website, The grand showpiece of Valve’s popular massively online battle arena game Dota 2 (Defense of the Ancients 2), The International 2015 offered an eye-watering prize pot of $18,429,613 (£11,836,998)– the largest prize pool in eSports by some distance, beating the tournament’s own previous year’s record of $10,931,103 (£6,395,000).
Overall winners Evil Geniuses (USA) bagged $6,634,661 (£4,253,042) of that total, having defeated China’s CDEC in a hard-fought final on 8 August 2015.
Sumail also became the youngest known winner of The International, although it’s important to note that the date of birth of three previous winners remain publicly unknown.
But it wasn’t just Sumail breaking records at The International.
The cash prize awarded to Evil Geniuses was not only the largest winnings in eSports, it also made the USA-based team the highest-earning team in eSports. As of 11 August 2015, they had earned $11,185,866 (£7,175,441) from competing in 463 tournaments, which also includes competitions in such games as StarCraft, Halo and Counter-Strike.
Much of The International’s prize money was funded through the selling of a Dota 2 Compendium through Valve’s store, a significant example of a crowdfunded prize pool
Source: Guinness World Records