A teenager from Melbourne just won a whopping $4.62 million in an online gaming tournament, making him one of the highest paid sports stars in Australia, according to Fox Sports.
Yep. Gaming qualifies as a sport, and Anathan Pham is now even closer to becoming Australia’s best-paid athlete. Before this win, he was the 18th highest earning Australian sports star, ranking above Nick Kyrgios and Steve Smith.
Anathan Pham and his team of five shared $23 million for a win in the Dota 2 Tournament The International over the weekend.
Dota 2 is a strategy game where players work as a team to defeat the opponent’s team.
“Thanks to all the fans that were by our side. Still cannot comprehend what just happened,” he tweeted.
But if you thought $4.62 million was a big win, think again because this is his second win in a row in the annual event. Pham’s total winnings is a massive $8.9 million, which is pretty good for someone who’s not even old enough to rent a car.
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The world of esports is a lucrative business, with gamers taking home huge cash prizes for top level tournaments.
Pretty nifty for a bunch of kids who play computer games all day.
If you need me, I’ll be learning how to play Dota 2 so I can retire at the age of 22.Image: Getty Images / Jeff Vinnick