SonicFox after a recent gaming win. | Photo: @SonicFox5000 / Twitter Dominique McLean (better known as ‘SonicFox’) won the award for Best eSports Player at the Game Awards last night (6 December).
Held in Los Angeles, actor Joel McHale presented the award and announced SonicFox’s name.
The self-described ‘Black Queer Furry’ gamer got out of his seat in the audience, wearing his fursona (furry persona).
He immediately puts on the head of the costume, completing his signature blue fox furry look. A big congratulations to @SonicFox5000 on becoming Esports player of the year! #TheGameAwards pic.twitter.com/Ed2S4TfYTu — Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) December 7, 2018 ‘Wow, I really won this shit,’ he starts in his speech. ‘I really, really enjoy playing video games competitively.
‘I’ve never really done it for the fame. I kind of just enjoy the rush of beating people up,’ he says.
But then halfway through his speech, he takes off his furry head and starts to thank people who helped him along the way.
He thanks his team, all of his friends and his best friend back home.
Then SonicFox says: ‘As you guys also may know or not know, I’m also super gay! So I want to give a super shout out to all of my LGBTQ+ friends that have always helped me through life.
‘I guess all I really gotta say is I’m gay, black, a furry – pretty much everything a Republican hates – and the best eSports player of the whole year!
He then concludes: ‘Thank you so much.’ Watch the sweet moment:
Back in August, SonicFox also won the Dragon Ball FighterZ world title at 2018 Evolution Championship Series.
It was his fifth Evolution Championship Series (also known as Evo) title – four of them in separate games.
As soon as he won the championship, he donned his iconic fox head costume and tweeted: ‘im gay. also the best dbfz [Dragon Ball FighterZ] player on this fucking planet dont forget it.’
He walked away from the tournament with an Evo trophy and $15,000 (£11,500 €13,000).
SonicFox isn’t afraid to unapologetically be himself.
After the event in August, he told ESPN : ‘The more fame that I have, the more I realize, why should I care what people think about me when I can just be me?
‘That’s how I made my brand. You should just always be yourself and there will always be people who will like you,’ he said. See also: