Evan Fong (born 31 May 1992), known online as VanossGaming (or simply Vanoss), is a Canadian internet personality, video game commentator, music producer, and DJ. He posts montage-style videos on YouTube of him and other creators playing various video games, such as Grand Theft Auto V and Garry's Mod. Aside from this, he produces music and performs as a DJ under the name Rynx, and served as a creative director for the video game Dead Realm, and as a voice actor for the YouTube Premium series Paranormal Action Squad and the animated series Alpha Betas.
VanossGaming's Owl logo (2015–present)
31 May 1992
|Genre||Video games, music|
|Total views||13.8 billion|
Updated: 30 May 2021
Fong was born on 31 May 1992 and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Fong is of Asian descent, his mother being Korean, and father Chinese. Fong graduated from Richmond Hill High School and studied economics in college, but he later dropped out in his second year to focus on his YouTube channel as a full-time commitment. Fong claimed that his parents were initially concerned that he was neglecting his studies in favor of producing content for his YouTube channel, admitting that "Even though there's a lot of potential for somebody starting a YouTube channel it's obviously not a guaranteed path.".
During his early years on YouTube, he met several other creators who would eventually become frequently featured in his videos. His channel achieved popularity soon after, and by 2015 it had surpassed 10 million subscribers. In the same year, he appeared at PAX East and signed a contract with Jetpak. His logo, an owl in the shape of the letter "V", modeled after his character in Grand Theft Auto V, is one of his most recognizable symbols.
Fong claimed that he was not introduced to video games at a young age, but that he played games "here and there" which included children's adventure and puzzle titles such as Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam.
Outside of his YouTube career, Fong continues to play ice hockey recreationally, plays airsoft or other tournaments, and also plays the guitar as another hobby.
On 26 November 2015, Fong announced that he was releasing a new logo for the VanossGaming brand. He released the logo later that day along with limited edition merchandise released the day after. The logo was a white minimalistic design of an owl on a black background. There is also a diagonal cut through the design, creating a black letter "V". The owl design represented the owl mask on Fong's character model in Grand Theft Auto Online.
Fong's content has earned him two award nominations, including a Shorty Award for Tech and Innovation, under the category of Gaming. He has been recognized as a central figure in the subculture of video game commentary, with publications attributing his massive popularity to his sense of authenticity. As of April 2020, Fong's channel has over 12 billion views and 25.0 million subscribers, making it the 95th most subscribed channel on YouTube.
Fong created the VanossGaming channel on YouTube on 15 September 2011. The name "Vanoss" comes from VANOS, a variable valve timing system produced by German automobile company BMW; Fong's father used the alias "vanoss62" (which referred to the S62 engine used in the E39 generation BMW M5) on the PlayStation 3, which his son later adopted for his own.
In January 2015, Fong began to receive mainstream media attention as he approached 11 million subscribers and a ranking within the top 25 most subscribed channels on YouTube, with commentators identifying him as a central figure in the growing video game commentary subculture. Speaking at the time, he suggested that his success could be credited to the fact that "Viewers really like the authentic type of content from regular people just playing games because they can relate to that". In March 2015, he appeared on the "YouTube Gaming Evolution" panel at PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts, alongside collaborators I Am Wildcat, Lui Calibre, and Mini Ladd.
The majority of VanossGaming videos take the format of a montage or compilation, featuring various clips from a particular game session, usually featuring other video game commentators. The Canadian Press described "a typical Vanoss video" by claiming that it features "Vanoss and a group of friends chatting, laughing and making jokes over gameplay from popular titles such as Grand Theft Auto V or Call of Duty: World at War."
|2014||The Game Awards||Trending Gamer||Nominated|||
|2016||Shorty Awards||Tech and Innovation: Gaming||Nominated|||
On 25 July 2015, Fong announced that he had been working on a game called Dead Realm for "the last six or seven months" as a creative director, alongside collaborators David Neagle (Daithi De Nogla), Brain Hanby (The Terroriser), Craig "Mini Ladd" Thompson, and Tom "Syndicate". It was released via Steam as an early release on 30 July 2015.
Paranormal Action Squad
On 2 November 2016, Fong, Adam Montoya, and Scott Robinson announced that a computer-animated series of videos entitled Paranormal Action Squad starring the three and written by Michael Rowe would air on YouTube Red, beginning on November 24.
On June 25, 2020, Fong announced that another computer animated series titled Alpha Betas is in production starring Fong, Brian "Terroriser" Hanby, Marcel "BasicallyIDoWrk" Cunningham and Tyler "WILDCAT" Wine. It is created by Chris Bruno and David Howard Lee with production led by 3BlackDot and Starburns Industries and will be released early 2021. The pilot episode premiered on Fong's channel on March 13, 2021 and gained over 5 million views as June 2021. While they got offers from many networks, none of them were willing to give the showrunners the creative freedom, which led them to launch a Kickstarter on July 20, 2021.
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On 25 August 2017, Fong released a remix of "U-Rite" by hip-hop group They under the name Rynx. Fong released his debut single "Want You" featuring Miranda Glory on 12 December 2017 under his record label, Avant Garden.
On April 18, 2018, Fong released the official music video for "Want You". On June 27, he released the music video for his second single "I'm Alright" featuring Jimi Ono.
On August 15, he released a remix of the Alison Wonderland song, “Cry.”
On 16 January 2019, he released his third single “Hold On” featuring Drew Love.
His sixth single "All For You" featuring Kiesza was released on 31 July 2019. On 17 September 2019, he announced on his Instagram account that he is going to be releasing his debut project, In Pieces, in October. On the same day, he announced that he would be going on tour in October and November 2019 in the United States and Canada, and possibly releasing merchandise in the tour. On October 15, Rynx stated on Twitter that "He was ruining his health" and that he wanted his set to be the best for his tour for his fans. He also stated he wanted "to feel something while on the stage that'll make it all worth it." On November 5, he announced on YouTube that his tour was delayed (except the San Francisco trip) until February.
In Pieces was released in 25 October 2019.
|In Pieces (The Remixes)|
|"Want You" (featuring Miranda Glory)||2017||In Pieces|
|"I'm Alright" (featuring Jimi Ono)||2018|
|"Hold On" (featuring Drew Love)||2019|
|"Read My Mind" (featuring Mainland)|
|"Read My Mind (Acoustic)" (featuring Mainland)||non-album single|
|"Club Poor" (with Tiny Meat Gang)||In Pieces|
|"All For You" (featuring Kiesza)|
|"U-RITE"||2017||THEY.||Nü Religion: HYENA|
|"Doesn't Matter"||Gallant||non-album singles|
|"Contra La Pared"||2019||Sean Paul & J Balvin|
|"Love Myself"||Olivia O'Brien||Was It Even Real?|
|"This is America"||2020||Childish Gambino||non-album single|
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- ^ Spangler, Todd (2 November 2016). "YouTube Red Sets Adult Animated Comedy 'Paranormal Action Squad' Starring Vanoss, SeaNanners, Mr_Sark" . Variety. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
- ^ Breznican, Anthony. "Game On: Animated Alpha Betas Will Be Powered By YouTube Stars | Vanity Fair" . www.vanityfair.com. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
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- ^ "In Pieces by Rynx" . Apple Music. October 25, 2019.
- ^ "In Pieces (The Remixes) by Rynx" . Apple Music. July 17, 2020. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
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