Sumail Featured as One of Time’s Most Influential Teens
Syed Sumail “Sumail” Hassan has been listed as one of Time Magazine’s most influencial teenagers 2016, coming in at number twelve of thirty.
The Pakistani-American player made headlines when he joined Evil Geniuses’ Dota 2 roster at the start of 2015 when he was just sixteen years old. Despite having no prior professional play, EG’s Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora insisted that he be given a chance on the elite roster. Sumail’s debut in the pro scene was at the Dota 2 League Season 5 finals in Las Vegas just days later, where he failed to perform to the team’s expectations in a way that led the team to defeat. Later, at the Dota 2 Asia Championships, Sumail was able to redeem himself by showcasing his Euls Scepter of Divinity Shadow Fiend build, a build so impressive that it was quickly picked up into the current meta.
Sumail soon made a name for himself in the Dota 2 scene by storming through tournament after tournament with his team to take several victories in his first year of competitive play, but it was his team’s victory at The International 2015 where his presence and legacy was solidified into Dota 2 history. Sumail became the youngest Dota 2 player to ever win over a million United States dollars in eSports winnings, as well as the youngest player to with The International, and he did it within nine months of his career taking off.
While Evil Geniuses failed to defend their title as wold champions in 2016, his individual earnings have already exceeded two-point-three million dollars from their third placement at TI6, and from several other won tournaments.
As impressive as his career as been so far, what truly convinced Time to recognize him as one of the most influential teenagers in the world is how Sumail continues to put his family first. In a livestream on Twitch, then-team captain Peter “PPD” Dager revealed that Sumail had spent a portion of his earnings to buy a home for his parents and five siblings, who he moved to the USA with in 2014.