Dota 2 star ana featured in Asia’s Forbes 30 under 30 list

By Neslyn Apduhan


Apr 6, 2020

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Anathan “ana” Pham has graced the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Forbes recognized ana for his huge success at The International 2018 and The International 2019. OG won more than $26 million by winning the two events.

Forbes 30 under 30 is an annual list for top young entrepreneurs and leaders in industry change. The list includes different industries such as arts, finance, sports, healthcare, media, and many more.

ana is only 20 years old and has already garnered an approximately $6 million in tournament winnings. The Australian player is famous for taking long breaks in the competitive scene, only to return in the same great form as before.

He even took a famously extended break before returning to win The International, the biggeset prize in all of Dota 2.

Fans create memes around his hiatus. Most professional players will prepare for the biggest tournament of the year months for a whole year or longer. On the other hand, ana makes it look easy with his long breaks and casual pub games in between competitive stints. He remains at the top of his game as he consistently ranks in the top 100 of Southeast Asia’s online ranked leaderboards.

ana has been regarded as one of the best and most talented Dota 2 players. At such a young age, he is already at the peak of his Dota 2 career. He told fans that his struggles as a young professional player previously had taken a toll on his mental health, perhaps giving some context to his tendency to take extended breaks from the game’s competitive side.

It will not be a surprise if he soon retires as a professional player. With two Aegis of Champions and two major titles already under his belt, he has achieved what most professional players dream of. There doesn’t seem to be much more left for him.

ana last played as OG’s carry player before taking his latest break from play. ana is still a member of the OG organization, but is not a part of the playing roster. Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan has replaced Ana as OG’s main carry, with no indication being given of a future return for ana.

Overwatch player Se-yeon “Geguri” Kim also made it to the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list. She is the current off-tank player for the Overwatch League’s Shanghai Dragons.