When "Eli" joined the Overwatch about the team Second Wind back in December, it was an exciting addition to the list even though it did not know much about the player himself. Simply, from "Ellie", her entry was mysterious, and that mystery triggered a chain of events that led to great distress from other players and fans who brought her skills into question – some even said they never played the game.
Second wind is a highly respected team in Overwatch League stage, so each new list of jumping will attract interest. That being said, many of the opinions that were observed on social sites such as Twitter and Reddit seemed wants to do all this for the genus-saying that her account at a lower level was suspicious and that the only reason she was allowed to play was because she was a woman. Some even went so far as to say that there is no chance she would be a woman if she plays with a pro.
Even other pro-players intervened, with Dannyn Daphne Francis of Atlanta Reining, publicly declaring that he did not think it was actually her game, but someone else with her who spoke in a microphone.
In controversy with conspiracy theories, many have suggested that once she went to such lengths to maintain privacy about her name that perhaps a lower-level account is a smurf account as a way to keep that privacy-controlled.
As with most cases of online harassment, it escalated rapidly and doxxing became a serious concern. This was mounted on a level that eventually prompted Ellie to step down.
Justin Hughes from the second wind mentioned "When we brought it to the team, people acted as if they had brought a symbol of empowerment," said Hughes writes in the post Twitter. "I think people think well, but on the one hand we had people questioning her legitimacy, issuing threats, and so on, and on the other hand we had people who looked like they had found their Messiah. Among the need for the player to live up to great expectations and to question its own security, the SD community seems unwilling to see the player as a mere player. We wanted a player, but it seemed that the public wanted something else. "
Others behave, such as Kate Mitchell of Washington Justice "It is absolutely unacceptable for members of this community to harass, bully or make players for their gender" said on Twitter. "It shows why there are so few women in this sport. We have to do better not just for women and girls who play this game, but for those who grow up watching us."
At that time, although games should only be for the player and nothing else, the esports team is still a very masculine area. Even though female professionals continue to break through and demonstrate their skills, such cases only prove that there is still much progress.
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