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Non-binary esports athlete SonicFox named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list

The 21-year-old fighting game champion and LGBTQ advocate wins even when they don’t have a controller in their hand.

CEO 2019 Gaming Championships
SonicFox at CEO 2019
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You’d be hard pressed to find an esports fan that doesn’t recognize the name Dominique “SonicFox” McLean as a synonym for dominance. The 21-year-old has sliced through all comers on multiple fighting game circuits since 2014, building long-lasting rivalries that built the popularity of those scenes. Their list of accolades seems never ending, highlighted by multiple Evo titles and The Game Awards’ 2018 Esports Player of the Year award.

But the fighting game champion now has another honor to add as Forbes named them to its 2020 30 under 30 in games list. The honor throws a mainstream spotlight on one of the most unique and skilled athletes in esports as their star continues to grow. They recently wrapped up the 2019 Mortal Kombat Pro Kompetition as the top qualifier for Final Kombat.

The only work that rivals the contents of their trophy case is their LGBTQ advocacy. They rang the rainbow bell on stage last year at The Game Awards, declaring they’re gay and a member of the furry community and continued leading by example by coming out as non-binary earlier this year.

Being named to the list is a high honor, but, like seemingly everything, SonicFox is taking it in trademark stride.

Outsports congratulates SonicFox for making the list, no matter how big a deal they believe it to be.