Dominique "SonicFox" McLean
SonicFox at Megaplex 2019
|Education||New York Institute of Technology|
Dominique McLean (born March 2, 1998), better known by his alias SonicFox, is an American professional esports player of several fighting games. He is recognized for his versatility to pick up a new game or character and master it for professional play relatively quickly. He has won five Evolution Championship Series (EVO) events, among other tournament wins, and is the highest paid fighting game esports player in the world as of August 04, 2019, with over $600,000 in earnings. He was named Esports Player of the Year at The Game Awards 2018.
McLean's older brother, Christian, had gotten McLean interested in fighting video games as early as when McLean was 3. Over the next several years, while he continued to play games, McLean came into the furry fandom when he was around 10 or 11, and developed his "SonicFox" character.
Around 2011, McLean was playing in non-competitive online Mortal Kombat games, and he was encouraged by his online friends that he try his skills at an offline Mortal Kombat tournament. While McLean only came in ninth at the event, he was enthralled with the competitive atmosphere, and has continued to participate in various fighting game championships.
McLean was named the "Esports Player of the Year" at The Game Awards 2018 ceremony, earning media attention for his acceptance speech. As of 2018, McLean is a student at the New York Institute of Technology.
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