Dominique McLean is gay, black, and a furry. After two years at the New York Institute of Technology studying computer science, McLean decided that college wasn’t the best way for him to learn. He is definitely not what most people picture when they think of an ESport’s player.
“I want to figure out what I want to do without having to use college,” McLean said. “I eventually want to make my own games, but the computer science isn’t helping me a lot, so I want to do it on my own.
“It’ll definitely be a fighting game. Probably a versus game. I already have a lot of characters and move sets created, but we’ll see how it goes when I actually get the time.” — Dominique McLean A.K.A SonicFox
However, SonicFox isn’t just interested in creating his own video games. Like many pro gamers, he fell in love with video games early and held onto that love all his life. He’s been handing out L’s since childhood, and he hasn’t slowed down a bit as he’s entered adulthood. However, he admits that he was a furry before he was a gamer.
“I was a furry before I started playing fighting games,” he told Kotaku when he visited our offices in Manhattan this month. He described the experience of discovering his blue fox fursona at age 10 or 11, buying his first pair of fox ears around age 16, and wearing them to boost his confidence whenever he competed. — Kotaku
SonicFox is twenty and already has four EVO championship titles. He took home his first Evolution trophy at age 16. Evolution has been characterized as the Super Bowl of ESports. He was handing out losses at local competitions before that. He has made over $525,000 in prize money in his competitive gaming career. He remains one of the fighting gamers who racks up the most wins. He’s won in Mortal Kombat, Injustice, Skullgirls, and Dragon Ball FighterZ tornaments.
“”I’m kinda like Goku,” SonicFox said, referencing the famous Dragon Ball protagonist. “I like fighting people who can destroy me, and then I also like becoming friends with them.” — ESPN
SonicFox continues to look for ways to improve his game. He loves using characters people rarely use just to showcase how good they actually are. Being different comes natural for SonicFox, and he embraces it instead of trying to fit in. He never hesitates to jump into a new game and learn how to master it.
For LGBTQ gamers, SonicFox is someone they can look up to. Homophobia is rampant in the gaming community, but it gets better every day. He shows that it’s okay to be different, despite the overwhelming negative comments. He shows LGBTQ gamers that they don’t have to shy away from competitive gaming just because they don’t fit the picture society holds of professional gamers.
This year he had one of the best moments in the ESports world when he won the Dragon Ball FighterZ tornament on Mandalay Bay Stage. It will be remembered for a long time due to its suspense, level of play, and hype. He labled it his most significant win himself.
Now, he continues to master various games and improve his own stick skills. Every win he earns is also a win for all other LGBTQ gamers around the world.
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Dominique McLean is done with college. There are better ways to learn. After two years at the New York Institute of…