SonicFox at Evo 2015
|Born||March 2, 1998|
|Current team||Evil Geniuses|
Dominique McLean (born March 2, 1998), better known by their alias SonicFox, is an American professional esports player of several fighting games. They are recognized for their versatility to pick up a new game or character and master it for professional play relatively quickly. They have won five Evolution Championship Series (EVO) events, among other tournament wins, and they are the highest paid fighting game esports player in the world as of August 4, 2019, with over $600,000 in earnings. They were named Esports Player of the Year at The Game Awards 2018 and included in Forbes's 2020 "30 Under 30" for Games.
McLean is openly gay and non-binary as well as a furry. They are known to often participate in fighting game tournaments in the fursuit of their fursona, a blue-and-white anthropomorphic fox.
McLean's older brother, Christian, got McLean interested in fighting video games when McLean was three years old. Over the next several years, while McLean continued to play games, they came into the furry fandom around the age of ten or eleven, and developed the "SonicFox" character.
Around 2011, McLean was playing in non-competitive online Mortal Kombat games, and their online friends encouraged them to try their skills at an offline Mortal Kombat tournament. While McLean only came in ninth at the event, they were enthralled with the competitive atmosphere, and they have continued to participate in various fighting game championships.
SonicFox achieved a 6–0 victory at the Injustice: Gods Among Us tournament at Evo 2014. News.com.au reported in December 2015 that McLean had not lost a single tournament in the previous 18 months, and that they earned $150,000 USD within the span of two weeks by winning Mortal Kombat tournaments.
McLean was named the "Esports Player of the Year" at The Game Awards 2018 ceremony, earning media attention for their acceptance speech. Forbes included McLean on their 2020 "30 Under 30" in the Games category.
- SonicFox, FOX | (September 13, 2019). "So while He They does work, if I dont know ya like that or we aint close, please use they them!!". @SonicFox5000. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
- "Top Fighting Game Players". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
- SonicFox (September 3, 2019). "Hey ya'll! I've been thinking critically about myself these last couple of months, and my entire life perspective on how I look. The more I reflect on my pass and likes the more this makes sense to me..
With that being said, I'm coming out as a Non-Binary Man!
(He/They) please!". @SonicFox5000. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
- Myers, Maddy; Tayamo, Paul (October 15, 2018). "Meet SonicFox, The Queer Furry Who's Destroying Everyone Else At Fighting Games". Kotaku. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
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- Alexandra, Heather (December 7, 2018). "SonicFox Steals The Show At The Game Awards". Kotaku. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
- Perez, Matt; Cai, Kenrick (December 3, 2019). "Forbes' 2020 30 Under 30 - Games: Leading a technological and artistic revolution". Forbes. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
- Walker, Ian (May 26, 2020). "Skullgirls Honors Two High-Level Queer Players In Latest Update". Kotaku. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
- Van Allen, Eric (January 26, 2019). "How a Trash-Talking Furry Became Esports' Dominant Player". Wired. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
- Bell, Brian C. (September 5, 2019). "Evo champion SonicFox comes out as non-binary". Outsports. Retrieved February 13, 2020.