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November 12, 2019
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Melbourne teen wins $4.62 million prize

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.