MELBOURNE, Australia: A Melbourne teenager has won $4.62 million in an online gaming tournament.
The victory has vaulted him even higher into the ranks of Australia’s highest-paid ‘sports’ stars.
Anathan Pham’s team of five shared $23 million after winning Dota 2 tournament The International in Shanghai over the weekend.
Pham tweeted “Thanks to all the fans that were by our side. Still cannot comprehend what just happened.”
The 19-year-old’s OG team has now won the competition two years in a row and, according to Esports Earnings, its members have all vaulted into the ranks of the highest-earning Esports stars.
Mr Pham’s total career earnings sit at $8.9 million and the Australian Financial Review had him 18th on its Australian sports earnings list before the most recent win.
The $4.62 million in prize money alone would make him 13th on the list – above tennis player Nick Kyrgios, cricketer Steve Smith and NBA basketballer Thon Maker.
Dota 2 is a team-based strategy game where players work together to defeat another team.