Evan Fong, aka VanossGaming, is a Canadian YouTube personality, DJ, and music producer famous for his fun gameplay content and montage-style videos playing with other gaming influencers.
Unlike most people, Fong dropped out of college to pursue his career as a YouTube creator, a path that did not guarantee absolute success. His career started upon creating his VanossGaming channel in 2011. He derived the term Vanoss from BMW’s variable valve timing system. The influencer’s father used to play on a PS3 using the “vanoss62” alias, which he adopted for social media handles.
Four years after launching his VanossGaming YouTube channel, Fong surpassed 10 million subscribers and became a mega influencer. Then in 2015, he caught the attention of the mainstream media while nearing 11 million subscribers and ranking among the top 25 most-subscribed channels.
In 2015, Fong formally announced on Twitter his partnership with Jetpak, a multi-channel network founded by Tom Cassell and Adam Montoya. He then released the owl-themed logo for his brand in 2015.
Many of Fong’s videos contain a montage or compilation of multiple clips from a certain game session. The famous influencer doesn’t show his face on his videos, only proving that anyone in the right niche can be popular without the need to show themselves on cam.
In addition to his career as a gaming influencer, Fong also released music under the record label Avant Garden.
Based on his current success, it only looks like Fong made the right decision to pursue his social media career. Thus, garnering him 25.8 million subscribers on YouTube, 910K followers on Instagram, 438.3K on Twitter, and 24.4K on TikTok.
- 2014 The Game Awards (nomination)
- 2015 18th Most-Subscribed YouTube Channel
- 2016, 2020 The Shorty Awards: Tech and Innovation – Gaming (nomination)
- 2017 Forbes: Top Influencers – Gaming Industry
- 2023 Most-Subscribed “Brand Free” Canadian Channel
Watch Dogs: Legion Vanoss Clothing
Watch Dog: Legion is a popular game by Ubisoft. The game made available its Vanoss Clothing inspired by the famous owl-headed creator. The clothing includes a Vanoss jacket and owl mask, free to unlock and store in a player’s in-game wardrobe collection.
The influencer partnered with Spanish game developer SocialPoint to promote the mobile game Monster Legends. Fong often plugged the game and its link into his videos’ description box. The game has an owl character named after the influencer.