15-year-old Pakistani wins $1.2m Dota2 Asian Championship

Published: February 9, 2015
Sumail Hasan wins $1.2m tournament in China with team Evil Geniuses. PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/demondoto

Sumail Hasan wins $1.2m tournament in China with team Evil Geniuses. PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/demondoto

KARACHI: The world of e-sports has a rising star. Fifteen-year-old Sumail Hassan Syed from Karachi made history for Pakistan on Monday when he helped his team, Evil Geniuses’, claim the Defense of the Ancient 2 (Dota 2) Asian championship in China.

Having moved to the United States only a year ago, the child prodigy had already made waves in the in-house gaming league for North America. It is there where he was picked up by one of the biggest e-sports team, the Evil Geniuses.

EG’s captain said Sumail – who is conveniently known by his in-game alias of ‘Suma1L’ – was brought in after they spotted the “x-factor” in the young Pakistani. EG was so impressed that they took the risk of including the 15-year-old, who had yet to play in a professional competition, on their roster for the world’s second biggest Dota2 tournament, the Dota2 Asian Championships (DAC) .

The risk paid huge dividends for EG as Sumail on Monday helped the third-seeded team past Chinese team Vici Gaming at the DAC grand final in Shanghai to bag the $1.2 million prize money.

Sumail played an instrumental role in the team’s success as he was the core player (game-changing role).

Quickly gaining popularity among fans and players alike as the most talented newcomer in Dota2, the prodigy has now set his sights on The International 5 – the biggest tournament in e-sports, with an estimated prize pool of over $10 million.

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  • Fayez
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:24PM

    This kid just won himself more than $ 250,0000. At 15 years age, this is the biggest E-sport prize anyone has won.

    Not only he won cash. He totally destroyed his opponents. He literally crushed all the chinese Top tier players with his gameplay….amazing kid. I feel honored that I watched him play almost all the games. what a talent Recommend

  • Feb 9, 2015 - 11:33PM

    Dear Sumail

    You have a great mind. You are young, enjoy your games, but don’t stay the same. Use your amazing mind and do something real remarkable. Take Pakistan for something really awesome.

    We have high hopes from you.


  • Faraz Rasheed
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:35PM

    Pakistanis, if refined, can excel in every effin field. You name it, theyd do it.Recommend

  • Uzair Latif
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:09AM

    Well done! @Faraz Rasheed I would like to add, “Pakistanis, if refined and moved outside Pakistan, can excel in every effin field. You name it, theyd do it.”Recommend

  • Mohammad Zeeshan
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:15AM

    Excellent work Sumail. Good luck for the international 5 tournament. Don’t let money spoil you. Put it to good use and continue your studies too.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Naeem
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:16AM

    MashALLAH thats great effort stay blessed
    and Pak Army learn from this Guy how to defend a state and expel USA out of region
    and establish Khilafah Recommend

  • Unknown
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:34AM

    Sumail, you dont know how The “Veteran” Gamers of Pakistan Feel Right now, and I myself as veteran TF2 Player I wish you all the Best. Recommend

  • Feb 10, 2015 - 12:45AM

    This is big news. Looking forward to see you at the International 5. And best of luck for the event.Recommend

  • jkl
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:47AM

    @Faraz Rasheed:
    Very well said! Every Pakistani that succeeds does so after becoming ‘Pakistani American, British etc’ or moving outside pakistan. Says so much about pakistan. We need more Pakistanis to get out of pakistan educate themselves and pursue their dream as they deserve. Recommend

  • Feb 10, 2015 - 12:51AM

    Congrats EG.Sumail.
    Really enjoyed ur game play
    Looking forward to more new players from Pakistan in dota 2 like young scientist and Tw.Dd boy
    Btw I m old scientist. :pRecommend

  • Shaikh Abdul Basit
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:58AM

    People need to realise that gaming tournaments are now considered as sports. So giving advice that enjoy your games for now isn’t motivating. Let’s hope the kid can win more tournaments over the years and start a business with the money he earns. You have broken through the game dominated by east asians. Wish you all the best Sumail.Recommend

  • Bilal khan
    Feb 10, 2015 - 1:16AM

    Well done young boy.
    But why is that he had to be in the USA to be recognized? Why couldn’t he be picked up locally in Karachi ? Do we lack the infrastructure …Recommend

  • zubair
    Feb 10, 2015 - 1:16AM

    Was the match recorded ? Is it possible to watch the video ? Recommend

  • fawad
    Feb 10, 2015 - 1:16AM

    Meh, Newbee won 5 million dollars last year, each player has earned more than a million as total earning, this not the biggest esports prize. Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Feb 10, 2015 - 1:19AM


    That is absolute rubbish. That is NOT the most money. This kid is amazing I have seen him play all of last week and in NEL

    Here is the winner list. The dota 2 major prize winners are from the International which is a yeatly event in Seattle USA 2 of which I have attended.. The prize money last year was over 5.5 million for the winning team. This tournament the DAC is the third highest prizepool and is just starting out. It does put Sumail in the top 50 of earners but he is well behind others.

    Here is the real list.


  • Chachoo
    Feb 10, 2015 - 2:23AM

    Kindly change the main headline as he won a part of 1.2 million US Dollars. He was the part of a team that constitutes 6 players in all. Anyway congratulations to him for this wonderful feat. Recommend

  • Mubarik
    Feb 10, 2015 - 3:39AM

    Would you have said that if he was a cricketer? Would you have said that if he was an actor? Would you have said that if he got distinctions in his studies? He is doing something amazingly meaningful and powerful, just not in the conventional Pakistani [email protected]: Recommend

  • ArTezy
    Feb 10, 2015 - 3:41AM

    Gg Wp Sumail :)Recommend

  • Omar
    Feb 10, 2015 - 4:10AM

    You must be pretty new to E-Sports then. Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Feb 10, 2015 - 4:32AM


    The team is 5 players. There is no 6th on EG. Most teams dont have a 6th. If they are a player short they use a ringer (railoo katta for lack of a better term).

    If there is anything wrong with the headline its the fact that the tournament winners get 1.2 million whereas it is a 3+ million dollar tournament over all which is what it should be saying.

    It doesnt say Pakistani wins 1.2 million dollars. It says 1.2 million dollar tournament so there isnt anything particularly misleading.Recommend

  • jay
    Feb 10, 2015 - 4:44AM

    Pakistanis are good at everything and have talent only if they move out of their country coz there are limited options in pakistan let alone the resources available Recommend

  • ArcheTecht
    Feb 10, 2015 - 5:31AM

    not the biggest prize in E-Sports by far, look up TI4 Grand Prize was over 5 million for a 5 man teamRecommend

  • Sobre
    Feb 10, 2015 - 7:57AM

    @Uzair Latif
    I totally agree with what u say. Here we are trying to play the same game with pings going above 270ms on the most popular broadband network of Pakistan and nearly 350+ on the biggest 3G network of Pakistan. In the United States they are less than 20ms on an average connection. In this game it is very imperative to have low pings otherwise you arent able to accomplish ‘Last Hits’ which is the main thing in this game. So congratulations to Sumail he is a living legend with Storm Spirit especially. But yes to exceed you have to get out of this country.Recommend

  • D3s0lator
    Feb 10, 2015 - 9:03AM

    Watching him play his storm spirit, man this guys going places. Go wp you are a true prodigy and people realize the fact that our games are here to stay, go study or for now mentality is ancient. Let him do what he’s made for. Entertain the crowd by his awesome plays. Recommend

  • Haris
    Feb 10, 2015 - 9:05AM

    Way to go man…. gg wp :)Recommend

  • hina
    Feb 10, 2015 - 9:10AM

    waoo grt u donee :)
    inshALLAH :)Recommend

  • Eienstien
    Feb 10, 2015 - 10:08AM

    He is Pakistani, but moved to US and then won the prize.
    Why is it so that all the cream has to go abroad to excel in their fields?
    i think we all know the answer!!Recommend

  • Feb 10, 2015 - 10:19AM

    Welldone sumail congrats ..i wish to play like uRecommend

  • Mohammad
    Feb 10, 2015 - 10:21AM

    Congratulations Sumail and people of United States….. ! Recommend

  • taha
    Feb 10, 2015 - 11:07AM

    “enjoy your games,but don’t stay the same.Use your amazing mind and do something real remarkable”
    Will u say the same thing to a cricketer? He can make esports his career and earn more than a normal office job. Games are not just for kids. Recommend

  • Ahmed Awaiz
    Feb 10, 2015 - 11:10AM

    @Uzair Latif: I would disagree. Pakistanis can excel anywhere with proper mindset, attitude, training and enablers. I know a large number of Pakistanis inside Pakistan who as good as anybody else in the world – of course the spotlight is not on them. And I know thousands of Pakistanis outside Pakistan, who are just living a very ordinary life, nothing exceptional about what they do !Recommend

  • Gemini
    Feb 10, 2015 - 11:17AM

    We Just Need Good Internet Connections and world will see what we can do.Recommend

  • Safia
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:05PM

    My 10-years old younger bro is really good in video games. I wish there is some opportunity like this in Pakistan.. Recommend

  • AHA
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:31PM

    @Zeeshan Naeem:
    Are you serious? I don’t even find a remote connection between DOTA2 and Khilafah and Pakistan army and the USA… This is exactly what is wrong with this country… Recommend

  • Karachi Wally
    Feb 10, 2015 - 4:35PM

    Amazing, such news keep the hope alive! Keep it my bro all the way.

    Surprised not a single comment from our neighbors, normally they are very ardent readers of ET.Recommend

  • reader
    Feb 10, 2015 - 4:35PM

    oh good thing he is in america now, otherwise it would be BHATTA time for him back in karachi/pakistanRecommend

  • Feb 10, 2015 - 5:15PM

    Was the first one to write a piece on his winning the #DAC15. And give the background how he emerged as a skilled player.Recommend

  • Fayez
    Feb 10, 2015 - 5:58PM

    @arsalan @omar @archie read my statement. I said at 15 years of age, this is the biggest prize anyone has won (at this age). I didn’t say this is the biggest amountRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Feb 10, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Well done bro we all pakistani prode of u you r great nd ur the future of our be loved country God bless u nd keep walking with great success. i will just give a small message to my bro nd all pakistani walking slowly is better than standing still pakistan will rock in world insha AllahRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Feb 10, 2015 - 8:19PM

    Welldone, Sumail. This reminds me of another young entrepreneur who brought Pakistan the very same honor some months ago. This article came across me lately. Read on dawn.com/news/1117610Recommend

  • Feb 10, 2015 - 11:59PM

    OMG…. He is too young to do this. Really the awesome job.Recommend

  • dota2player
    Feb 11, 2015 - 1:55AM

    The kid inspired me to play Storm Spirit :))))Recommend

  • Feb 11, 2015 - 3:37PM

    Just awesome, We need these type of people specifically youngsters for the real good and progress of our mother land.

    Geek Rises Recommend

  • True Karachiwala
    Feb 11, 2015 - 3:50PM

    I am delighted. Every now and then a Karachiite pops up to make us proud. Keep gaming and winning !!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Feb 11, 2015 - 4:10PM

    Well done ! He is too young to do this ! Great


  • Mohammed Saif Ali
    Feb 11, 2015 - 9:46PM

    I am an Indian gamer and I am absolutely proud of Sumail and his tremendous achievement.Remember in the last game he was done 0-4 at 5 minutes and yet made an almost impossible comeback of 6-4 under 10 minutes.That’s amazing on so many different levels because the hero ‘Storm Spirit” which this genius played is not a comeback hero.All pakistani’s should be proud of him. Way to go Sumail. Hope to see you show the same consistency at future events including TI4.

    P.S- I am also proud of Universe a.ka. Sahil Arora as he is an Indian American. Both are countries should be proud of them. Recommend

  • Shahab
    Feb 12, 2015 - 8:00AM

    My prayers for the Pakistani Muslim kid Sumail for his performance to win this competition
    My prayers for him to be successful all his life.
    May Allah shower his blessings on Muslims kids around the world.Recommend

  • Black Mamba
    Feb 12, 2015 - 11:45AM

    To be fair, Sumail played like a complete boss only in the last game of the best of 5 against Vici. In the other two games he got wrecked in lane and couldn’t do much in team fights. That being said though, 250K is such a big deal for a young child, and I hope he doesn’t use the money wastefully. If he wants, he can save up that money for his future family maybe 15 years down the line. The possibility is endless.Recommend

  • Aam
    Feb 13, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Yeah. People like @Zeeshan Naeem need to realize that he worked together with Americans to achieve success. This ethnocentric line of thinking is really annoying.

    But he played an amazing tourney. EG’s team sync was a real pleasure to watch,Recommend

  • KiLLinG._.MaChiNE
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:45PM

    nice work buddy Recommend

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