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Eight professional gamers made Forbes’ 30 under 30 Sports & Games list. The acknowledged names find themselves amidst traditional sports stars such as football world champion Antoine Griezmann and Nikita Zaitsev, defender for NHL’s Maple Leafs.
League of Legends and CS:GO lead the list in Forbes’ 30 under 30 with two names each. NiP’s long-time veteran Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund accompanies FaZe Clan AWPer Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács. Both players have numerous accolades under their belt, with GuardiaN most recently winning EPICENTER with FaZe Clan last October and Get_Right being a four-times Major grand finalist with NiP (one win).
Former teammates at Fnatic Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and Rasmus “Caps” Winther are the two LoL names on the list. The duo reached the 2018 LoL World Championship grand finals against all odds, putting a fitting end to a very successful domestic campaign, which saw them win back-to-back splits. Currently, Caps and Rekkles are on opposing teams, with the former transferring to G2 Esports in the off-season.
Speaking of G2 Esports, org’s founder Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago is also on the list. The former LoL pro player founded G2 in 2014 (then Gamers2) and led his samurai to four EU LCS titles in a row, a grand finals appearance at MSI 2017 and a top 4 finish at Worlds 2018. G2 Esports also boast one of the strongest Rocket League teams in North America and are among the favorites to win Rainbow 6’s Six Invitational 2019.
Smaller esports have also made their way to Forbes’ list, including Smash legend Adam “Armada” Lindgren, considered by many to be the game’s GOAT; EVO 2018 Street Fighter champion Benjamin “Problem X” Simon; and three-times RLCS champion Pierre “Turbopolsa” Silfve.