Freddie Wong

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Freddie Wong
Freddie Wong (2012) cropped.jpg
Wong in 2012
Date of birth (1985-09-13) September 13, 1985 (age 30)
Hometown Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
League World Series of Video Games
Freddie Wong
Simplified Chinese 黄谷子
Traditional Chinese 黃穀子
Hanyu Pinyin Huáng Gǔzi

Freddie Wong (born September 13, 1985)[1] is an American filmmaker, musician, VFX artist and competitive gamer. He is a major part of the YouTube channel RocketJump. He is the older brother of actor and YouTuber Jimmy Wong.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Wong attended Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington.[4] He then attended and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.[4] Wong owns and manages Overcrank Media, a Los Angeles-based media production company specializing in feature film and online video content, having produced an independent film titled Bear. Wong met his future collaborator Brandon Laatsch in college.


Wong competed in the World Series of Video Games in Dallas in July 2007. He won first prize in the Guitar Hero 2 competition, playing the song "Less Talk More Rokk" by Freezepop.[5][6]

During MTV's "Gamer's Week" celebration in November 2007, Freddie appeared as a guest on Total Request Live.[7] Participating in the program with his newly formed band Hellanor Brozevelt, Wong was part of a country-wide search to find the best Rock Band ensemble. After receiving tutelage from well-known rockers Good Charlotte, Brozevelt performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York against Chicago-based Carrie Me Home.[8]

For the release of Rock Band, the band Hellanor Brozevelt was commissioned to play at the Best Buy in Hollywood for the midnight release of the game.[9]

Freddie Wong performed at YouTube Live in San Francisco on November 22, 2008.[10]

Wong has attracted mainstream attention as well, with Jimmy Kimmel in a bathroom tie battle, Andy Whitfield appearing in a Time Crisis tribute video, Kevin Pollak appearing in a Hypnotism stunt, Shenae Grimes in a romantic gun action scene, Ray William Johnson in a troll infestation video, Eliza Dushku appearing in an action scene, Jon Favreau featuring in his video based on Cowboys & Aliens, the glam metal band Steel Panther appearing in his video based on the Crossfire board game, and Smosh appearing in his video "Huge Guns (with Smosh)".[11]

Wong at VidCon 2014

In 2010 he helped Joe Penna, known as MysteryGuitarMan on YouTube, shoot a commercial for McDonald's,[12] and assisted Wong Fu Productions in actions scenes of Agents of Secret Stuff.[13] In 2011 Wong produced, co-directed, and acted in a TV commercial for Battlefield 3 at the request of Electronic Arts.[14][15]

In 2011 he, along with his partners Matt Arnold and Desmond "Dez" Dolly, formed the production company RocketJump. Since then, they have worked on the webseries Video Game High School,[16] which began releasing episodes on May 11, 2012. The final episode of the series was released November 17, 2014, on the RocketJump website and YouTube.

Wong participates in at least three YouTube channels, with "RocketJump", his production company's main channel, supporting over 7.0 million subscribers,[17] "BrandonJLa", a secondary channel with behind the scenes videos and other content, which holds over 1.2 million subscribers,[18] and "Node", a gaming channel with over one million subscribers.[19] Wong also participates in other channels associated with Rocket Jump and Corridor Digital Studios.

In late 2013, Wong and Laatsch began "Phase Two"[20] of their plans. Wong's channel, "freddiew" was renamed to "Rocketjump", and "freddiew2" was renamed to "BrandonJLa". Laatsch also announced that he and Wong would no longer work together on projects, and any short videos or "shorts" would be posted on either NODE, a gaming channel run by Laatsch and three others, or BrandonJLa. This was done because they wanted to work on different projects. Wong was busy with "Video Game High School". His last appearance on "Node" was back in November 2013 when they played "Bandfuse",[21] he last appeared again with them in the "Dayz" games,[22] but was not in the warehouse of Node as he was working on the third season of VGHS. Wong was then replaced by D (Cerberusarms)


Year Title Role Other notes
2010 Bear Film; producer
2011 Chuck Freddie TV Series; guest appearance in "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"
2012–2014 Video Game High School Himself Web series; also co-creator, co-director, story writer, executive producer
2013 MyMusic DJ Elephant TV Series; episode: "Ghosts!!!"
2013 Key & Peele Ping TV Series; guest appearance in episode 3.07
2013–present The Gauntlet Himself Web series; season 2 regular
2015 The Strongest Man Jimmy Yoon Film
2015 RocketJump: The Show Himself Also co-creator, co-director, writer, executive producer, editor


  1. ^ Wong, Freddie (September 13, 2012). "Hitting 27 today – thanks everyone!". Twitter. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Roderick, Kevin (March 24, 2011). "Jimmy Wong as Internet savior". LA Observed. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Never stop working. If you're doing something you love, then it shouldn't be a problem.". The Other Asians. July 7, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Rolph, Amy (July 16, 2007). "Seattle's 'Hero' struts into rock stardom". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Freddie Wong 10 on STYLE -Less Talk More Rokk on YouTube video of the second half of Freddie's winning performance
  6. ^ World Series of Video Games- Freddiew's blog post dated July 16, 2007.
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  8. ^ "'Rock Band' Rock Off | Video | MTV". MTV. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ YouTube Sensation Freddie Wong officially rocks The Rock-A-Thon! – The Rock-A-Thon. September 15, 2009.
  10. ^ "YouTube Live (TV Movie 2008) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ FreddieW (January 13, 2011). "Huge Guns (with Smosh!)". YouTube. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Freddie Wong Twitter Update – Twitter, 2011.
  13. ^ Nigahiga (November 24, 2010). "Agents of Secret Stuff". YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ Battlefield 3 – FreddieW TV Commercial on YouTube, 2011
  15. ^ 10 Days to Air – -BF3 TV commercial Behind the Scenes on YouTube, 2011.
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  17. ^ Statistics retrieved on September 1, 2014, at RocketJump on YouTube.
  18. ^ Statistics retrieved on September 1, 2014, at BrandonJLa on YouTube.
  19. ^ Statistics retrieved on September 1, 2014, at Node on YouTube.
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Further reading[edit]

  • Slater, Grant (July 7, 2007), "Mild-mannered gamers become rock stars for a day", Associated Press Newswires 
  • Sperounes, Sandra (February 23, 2008), "Internet phenomenon a Guitar Hero for hire", Winnipeg Free Press, p. c13 

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