Soleil Wheeler, also known as Ewok on social media, was born in the U.S. on September 18, 2005. Wheeler’s father was a well-known sign language professor who appeared on the television show “ASL That!”. Wheeler began playing “Fortnite” in 2018 and quickly rose through the ranks as a skilled player. Wheeler rose to prominence after being hosted by popular streamer TimTheTatman. Several Team Solo Mid members joined Wheeler to show their support. Twitch staff, Epic Games employees, and other streamers watched many of Wheeler’s early streams. Because Wheeler is deaf, he uses sound visualization in the game to be aware of players approaching and other noises. When he plays with other teammates, he communicates with them via a chatbox on a second monitor.
Soleil Wheeler, also known as Ewok on social media, was born in the U.S. on September 18, 2005. Wheeler comes from a family that is hard of hearing and he was born deaf; his father was a well-known sign language professor who appeared on the television show “ASL That!”. Despite this, he has gone on to establish himself as a gamer and now has over 343,900 Twitch followers, 349,200 Twitter followers, 540,000 Instagram followers, and 148,000 YouTube subscribers as of September 2021.
Wheeler started playing “Fortnite” in 2018 and quickly began to stand out as a skilled player. After being hosted by popular streamer TimTheTatman, Wheeler became well known. Streamers such as Twitch staff, Epic Games employees, and others soon started watching Wheeler’s early streams. Because Wheeler is deaf, he uses sound visualization in the game in order to be able to play. He communicates with his teammates via a chatbox on a second monitor. He told CNN that sometimes if he has to physically move his hands over, someone will shoot them, so most of the time, he has to move his hand back to the game very quickly.
Twitch announced Wheeler as an official partner in 2019. Many celebrities and gamers congratulated him, including the well-known gamer Ninja, who said “hello” to him the next day during a stream. Wheeler joined the prestigious gaming organization FaZe Clan the same year. The player was one of the organization’s youngest members and Faze Clan’s only deaf member. In 2019, Wheeler announced his departure from Twitch to join Mixer, Microsoft’s new streaming service. He left Mixer in June 2020, following the service’s demise. On National Coming Out Day, Wheeler came out as trans in October 2020 and announced his new pronouns: he/him. The streamer also admitted to being bisexual.
Wheeler began playing Season 4 of “Fortnite'', which started on May 1, 2018.
By March 2019, Wheeler had risen to the top five in the U.S. rankings and the top 25 in the world in Solo mode.
Wheeler is signed with the Abrams Artists Agency to promote his talent on April 23.
Twitch announced a partnership with Wheeler on May 8.
On May 27, Fortnite announced their sixth wave of Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am duos and Wheeler teamed up with Atlanta Falcons QB Kurt Benkert for the event.
On June 4, some of Wheeler's favorite players — Ninja, DrLupo, and Chap of Team Liquid — joined him to play Fortnite with Twitch's new squad mode feature.
Why We Love Ewok
He is breaking barriers
He started gaming as a female, which is not very common. He is also the first transgender person in a high-level esports organization. Despite having a hearing disability, he is very good at gaming.
He refuses to be bullied
He is a transgender person with hearing disabilities, and online trolls have not been kind to him. However, he has stood his ground and has made it clear that he won’t be bullied.
He is young
Being a young gamer is not such a strange thing in the gaming world, but Wheeler has made it this far regardless of all the odds. He has a lot of potential and we are happy to see him grow.
5 Surprising Facts
He is transgender
In 2020, Wheeler announced that he is a trans-male, and his pronouns are he/him.
He was being groomed
When he was 13, an anonymous player started grooming him; their conversations started with a friendly undertone but soon became sexual.
He left FaZe clan
Wheeler is no longer a member of faZe Clan.
He’s been playing games since before 2019
Wheeler rose to stardom in 2019 but had been a gamer long before this.
He stopped gaming for a while
Wheeler joined Mixer and left Twitch, but after Mixer was sold Wheeler didn’t play games for 16 days.
Did Wheeler play in the Fortnite World Cup?
Yes. He still identified as a girl then.
Can Wheeler talk?
He often uses sign language or texts to communicate, but he has only confirmed that he is deaf.
Does Wheeler go to school?
Wheeler is a high school student, so his streaming time is limited to 46 streaming hours on his channel.
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