The competitive gaming scene changes every few years, especially when a new game is released, and some players choose to migrate to the new game. Back in the 90s, when competitive gaming started becoming a career prospect for some avid cybersportman, the first person shooter genre led the way. Doom was the granddaddy of all games, but Quake was even more instrumental in the growth of e-sports. It produced arguably the first famous cybersportman, Dennis “Thresh” Fong, who won id software CEO John Carmack’s Ferrari 328 as far back as in 1997.

After Thresh, Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel became even more famous by winning tournaments in a variety of games, including Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament 2003, and Painkiller.

Meanwhile, an entirely different kind of gaming tournament grew out of real-time strategy games. A prime example would be StarCraft, which spawned a huge competitive gaming scene in South Korea. The game is currently in its sequel, StarCraft II, which has replaced it as the competitive RTS of choice. In this game, Canadian cybersportman Chris “HuK” Loranger was able to earn more winnings in gaming tournament history than any other Canadian gamer had ever before, but he has since been eclipsed by a female gamer, Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn.

It is out of the humble RTS that the current king of competitive games, Dota 2, emerged. Once upon a time, there was a very popular mod for Blizzard’s WarCraft III, called Defense of the Ancients, or DotA for short. Valve Software took the concept and refined it, and created the unimaginatively titled Dota 2 as a free-to-play title that was made available for free on Steam.

So, who’s the most famous Canadian Dota 2 player then? Well, Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling’s team won The International 2015, and he ranked number one in the country.