The famous Vietnamese names in the eSports world village

Tram Ho

Both Minh Le, Khang Le and Andy Dinh are determined to follow their passion and achieve admirable success.

Despite many prejudices in Vietnam, eSports has developed around the world in a certain time. Here are the names of Vietnamese origin who have long been in the international gaming industry.

Father of Counter-Strike Le Minh

Le Minh (or Gooseman) was born in 1977, is a famous Vietnamese-Canadian computer game maker. Leaving home to follow his parents when he was only 2 years old, Le Minh quickly realized his passion for action movies.

"When I was young, I watched a lot of action movies like" Heat "," Rambo "," Air Force One ". I embraced the dream of making action games since that time, they must be fast, authentic games like action movies, ”Le Minh replied to

Le Minh became acquainted with Jess Cliffe, the two embarked on the design of a modified MOD of Half Life, Counter-Strike. The version released in 1999 quickly became more popular than the original when it launched the new game mode extremely attractive. The game was acquired by Valve, separating Half Life, experiencing many versions and still alive to this day.

In gratitude to Minh Le, his nickname "Gooseman" is present in some Counter-Strike maps today. Photo: Pearl Abyss, Counter-Strike.

However, Le Minh's career also has low notes. His biggest failure was 10 years ago, when he trusted someone to do "Tactical Intervention". Even so, this man still thinks that he is luckier than him when he finds out his passion and turns it into a career.

At the age of 42, Le Minh wishes to speak Vietnamese. “I want to visit my hometown someday not to experience the beauty of Vietnamese culture. I am happy to make the Vietnamese people proud, ”he said.

Famous website IGN ranks Jess Cliffe and Le Minh 14th on the list of "Top 100 game creators of all time".

Painter Khang Le

Hawken – a free game in the cult time in the world – has a great contribution of a Vietnamese original name is Khang Le. Developed by Adhesive Games, Hawken is set in a human colonized planet that has been so industrialized that it has led to collapse. The search for resources here has become a battle of survival.

Players will control a 2-legged machine armed with a variety of artillery shells and rockets. Unlike many first-person shooters at the time, the amount of bullets the player could use was unlimited. However, the barrel of the gun easily gets hot if fired continuously. Meanwhile, the player must find a safe place to recover. Hawken has three main game modes: Team Deathmatch, Deathmatch, Co-op Bot Team Deathmatch.

Some photos by artist Khang Le. Photo: Khang Le.

Launched on March 9, 2011, Hawken was only developed for 9 months by 9 people. Khang Le at that time was co-founder of Adhesive Games and art director of Hawken.

Born on June 2, 1981 in, Khang Le and his family of Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City, moved to Los Angeles, USA at 10 years old. Here, he found his passion for comics. In 2000, he attended the Art Center College of Design in California.

Since then, Khang Le has contributed images to many projects such as Black Panther, Star Wars: The last Jedi, Pokémon detective pikachu, The dark tower …

Team SoloMid CEO Andy Dinh

Born into a family of 9 working-class people in the US, his life "C-class student" Andy Dinh has completely changed when he discovered his passion for League of Legends.

Born in 1992, Andy started his career as a gamer with the name Reginard, but was not accepted by the teams at the time, Dinh launched his own "All or Nothing" team in 2009.

In early 2011, Andy Dinh joined TSM and became the captain. During that time, TSM continuously won many major tournaments, along with thousands of dollars in prize money. At the end of 2013, Dinh retired from the competitive career to switch to a management role at the age of 21.

Andy Dinh's SoloMid team is currently valued at about $ 250 million, ranking 3rd in the world. Photo: Forbes.

In July 2018, he received a $ 37 million investment. With this money, the Palace immediately doubled its staff to 100, using $ 15 million to build a 25,000-square-foot training facility with its Los Angeles headquarters.

In 2017, TSM earned a revenue of about US $ 21 million, higher than that of an eSports company. In 2018, Forbes valued TSM worth about $ 250 million, with earnings of $ 25 million, ranked second in the list of the world's largest eSports companies. In addition, TSM and its athletes have more than 60 million followers on many different social networks.

On a personal level, Andy Dinh promptly won himself $ 80,000 in prize money from 46 international tournaments, one of the 19 players who have won three world championships. In a coaching role, his TSM also won 6 League of Legends championships in North America, leading the region. Andy Dinh was also honored by Forbes in the top 30 Under 30 in the game segment.

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