How many times do we see any esports players recognized by mainstream media? None. Right?

During the world fornite world cup in 2019, Bugha amazed everyone and won $3M in prize money. Every traditional news outlet was shocked how can a 16-years-old make so much money by just playing games.

Since then, the overall esports industry has seen enormous growth. Whether we talk about CS:GO, VALORANT, DOTA 2, or small indie games. Esports viewership is a lot more than the total sports industry combined.

The legend of AWP Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev is listed by Forbes in the 30 under 30 list for Eruopes Sports and Games category.

s1mple was praised for his speech during the Intel Extreme Masters tournament in February for peace and is considered to be one of the best players in "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" history, having been named the best player in the world by HLTV in 2018 and 2021, with runner-up finishes in 2019 and 2020.

Following these victories and rankings, Sasha won the CS:GO major 2021 held in Stockholm for Natus Vincere.

Along with s1mple, Arnau Vidal, a 23 years-old co-founder and CEO of Team Heretics, Michaela Lintrup from G2 Esports, Fabien Devide, the co-founder of Team Vitality, and some other internet personalities were also featured in the Forbes list.