The Mainstream Can No Longer Ignore eSports

CGM Writes: Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan is a 16 year old who, like many other teenagers, spends a lot of time playing games. However, unlike most 16 year olds, his gaming ability has made him a millionaire and has allowed him to leave school to play video games full-time. This is mostly thanks to the recent $18M Dota 2 tournament, The International. Unlike most eSports tournaments The International’s prize pool is larger than many sporting events. Hassan’s team, Evil Geniuses, walked away with $2 million more than the Australians did for winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup, thanks to their first place finish at TI5. As a result, mainstream media cannot ignore the growing eSports scene.

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