Non-binary esports player SonicFox proudly stood before the trans flag at the WePlay Ultimate Fighting League event on 25 March.
Known for their blue furry suit fursona, the pro-gamer was introduced alongside other competitors in the Mortal Kombat 11 tournament as “the defender of trans rights”. Each stood before their country flag, but SonicFox instead had the trans flag.
As one of few openly LGBT+ players in the esports community, known for its toxicity, this was a true moment of pride and support from the fighting game champion.
WePlay Ultimate Fighting League, who run the event, tweeted out their support for SonicFox.
“Some of you may have noticed the Transgender Flag behind @SonicFox during our show,” they said.
“We wanted to showcase this as we believe in everyone; it doesn’t matter what you identify as, believe in, or where you originate from.
“Everyone deserves respect and opportunities.”
SonicFox was also praised by fans on Twitter for using the flag. “Gotta love that SonicFox always finds a way to live as loudly as they can,” read one tweet.
“SonicFox representing the only country that matters,” read another.
Following the introduction, SonicFox then went on to win all seven of their Group A matches on what was the first day of the tournament. It helps that they main three different characters: namely Jax, Jade and Skarlet.
At just 23 years old, SonicFox is one of the most successful esports players, named Esports Player of the Year at The Game Awards 2018 and is the all-time highest earning LGBT+ esports player in the world.
WUFL is one of this year’s most prominent fighting game tournaments that sees the top fighting game players duelling it out on Mortal Kombat II, Soul Calibur VI and Tekken 7, with a total prize pool of $150,000.
The event takes place from 25 March to 11 April and can be watched on the WUFL Twitch channel.