Bratislava, Slovakia – Only one Slovak made the cut this year and was included in Forbes’ prestigious 30 under 30 Europe list, gathering annually 300 disruptors and high-achievers in ten different categories (Art & Culture, Finance, Media & Marketing, Science & Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports & Games, Retail & Commerce, Manufacturing & Industry, Entertainment, Technology) under the age of 30.
Ladislav Kovacs, a 27 years old professional gamer from Bratislava, started playing under the name “GuardiaN” in the world-famous video game Counter-Strike. He “joined the team Faze Clan [a major American e-sports and entertainment organization] toward the end of 2017 and immediately made his presence felt with a first place finish at ESL One: New York 2017”.
Throughout 2018, Ladislav Kovacs won other major tournaments, including Intel Extreme Masters XIII, ESL One: Belo Horizonte 2018 and EPICENTER 2018, “cementing Kovacs as one of the best players ever”.
Counter-Strike is one of the most popular multiplayer shooter video game to date. Created in 1999 as a modification of Half-Life, several new versions were released over the years, including Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and Counter-Strike: Source in 2004, followed by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012.
From start-up founders and entrepreneurs to health researchers and video game designers, Poland boasts six nominees in this year’s Forbes’ “30 under 30” ranking.