Evil Geniuses emerged winners of the fifth Dota 2 International Championships. After a thrilling series that resulted in a score of 3-1, they took home a staggering $6.6 million. They are the first American team to ever win International.
The squad played against Chinese team CDEC, the underdogs of the competition, Saturday night. The event was hosted by Valve at Seattle’s KeyArena Center, its price pool totaling $18 million. As for CDEC, the team won $2.8 million.
Team Newbee, who won last year, was eliminated.
The five members of Evil Geniuses are Fear, PPD, Aui, SumaiL, and Universe.
SumaiL’s story is that of inspiration. Syed “SumaiL” Hassan was recruited by the team at age 15 when he has proven to be one of the best Dota 2 players in the world.
The Pakistani made his international debut during the Dota 2 Asia Championship. On his TI5 profile, he shared, “I lived in Pakistan for 15 years. Growing up, I wanted to play so bad that I sold my bike just to be able to play for more hours.”
Now, he is a millionaire.
Charlie Yang, manager of Evil Geniuses, stressed how ambitious SumaiL is. “He’s always been saying to his mom and dad: ‘let me do this and one day I will make you all really proud of me!’ And he’s doing it, he’s on his right path.”
Dota 2 International Championships also served as Valve’s opportunity to reveal a new 12 versus 12 multiplayer feature for Dota 2.
Watch the entire grand finals here: