Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Overwatch League Could Be Getting its First Female Pro Player Soon

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Sherri Watson | 09 February, 2018, 04:42

Kim "Geguri" Se-yeon is set to sign with the Shanghai Dragons as the first female player in the Overwatch League, according to a report by ESPN esports.

Geguri stirred up quite a bit of buzz in Overwatch back in mid-2016 when she was accused of hacking because of her insane level of play.

They and one other unknown Chinese player will take Shanghai Dragons' roster to the maximum 12 players.

The players and teams she followed outside of NYXL have 2-3 substitutes for offtank or their rosters are filled to the brim and may need to fill more important roles.

Here is a direct link to her Twitch stream. The team has shown signs of life in their Overwatch League matches, but hasn't been able to push that far enough to score a point on the rankings board. The three South Korean players do not speak the language, but are expected to begin learning as much as they can in time for their debut.

The 18-year-old will reportedly join Shanghai Dragons in the coming weeks.

A translation, according to Reddit: "Regarding teams, just know that I'm going to a foreign team".

Shanghai Dragons haven't had a particularly successful start to the Overwatch League. Some have criticized Overwatch League's lack of inclusion for women by not signing Geguri, but she states that not getting signed has nothing to do with being a woman, and the controversy itself makes her uncomfortable. Those other teammates include Element Mystic's Fearless, MVP Space's Ado, and another unnamed Chinese player.

I spoke to Geguri this morning regarding Kotaku's @Vahn16 faulty report on no women being chosen for #OverwatchLeague. In dive she could be an aggro Dva duoing with Mano, or she can play her famed Zarya alongside Meko on hog behind Janus/Mano. It's a small, but exciting step forward to a more inclusive Overwatch League.