An Overwatch workforce has discovered their feminine participant was an imposter.
Second Wind, a North American Contenders workforce, mentioned their participant, “Ellie”, was not who she mentioned she was after mounting hypothesis about her true id.
In a statement, Second Wind mentioned Blizzard notified the workforce Ellie “was not who they claimed to be… and found that the Ellie account was used for functions we don’t help”.
Second Wind admitted it didn’t correctly confirm the id of “Ellie”, who they found because the rank 4 participant on the North American servers, and blamed the transfer on time strain to fill a spot on their workforce.
“Resulting from our have to fill a major place as properly, a closing in deadline for roster submissions, and our workforce having expertise with the participant, we prolonged a proposal to play on Second Wind instead. Once we initially contacted Ellie, there was nothing that will spark suspicion. They gave the impression to be very real and prepared to work with us on calls and inside non-public messages.
“Resulting from the truth that we wouldn’t have any bodily contact with our gamers, we needed to confirm their id but additionally needed to respect their privateness as properly. We genuinely had no thought of what was to return, and on the time we underestimated how essential it might be to set an instance as the primary workforce to tackle a feminine participant for Contenders.”
“Ellie” then stepped down after receiving doxxing and private threats “resulting from their anonymity”, in response to Second Wind. However whereas Second Wind nor Blizzard has to date named the individual behind the Ellie account, recent claims point out “Ellie” is in truth a person who goes by the title “Punisher”.
Reside on Twitch, a streamer referred to as Becca “Aspen” Rukavina mentioned “Ellie” was “Punisher” – and the entire thing was an ill-advised “social experiment” that received “out of hand”.
Additional proof the Ellie account is performed by this “Punisher” individual is revealed within the video under, which exhibits Overwatch streamer Redshell chatting with a girl who supplies photographs of a web-based dialog she had with “Punisher”.
It seems like this “social experiment”, if it was truly meant as such, was an try and make some sort of level about girls in esports, but it surely was closely criticised. Liz Richardson, boss of Overwatch web site Overwatchscore, mentioned it would have “lasting ramifications” for girls who already face an uphill problem in esports.
I’m seven goddamn thousand ranges of furious about this Ellie state of affairs. Folks concerned apart, this “stunt” can have lasting ramifications for ANY lady/nb individual attempting to get into Contenders. They are going to ALL now be topic to “lol are you actual??” harassment.
— Liz Richardson (@mizliz_) January 4, 2019
Richardson wasn’t the one lady to precise concern in regards to the state of affairs.
hey punisher im so glad you had a enjoyable time seeing what its wish to be a lady enjoying a web-based online game for *checks calendar* about 12 days. glad you may return to ur regular life now and never should cope with any of that anymore. want i knew what that felt like!
— nika (@runchranda) January 4, 2019
very cool additionally that this dude determined he did not really feel like coping with the backlash of being a girl in gaming anymore so he simply received to cease. the place’s MY alternative to choose out of misogyny
— bonnie 🌻 (@bonniequeue) January 4, 2019
Sexism breeds extra sexism, gee who would’ve guessed, time to make a sOCiAl eXPEriMENt
— Fareeha (@FareehaAndersen) January 4, 2019
And Overwatch gamers have hit out on the “Ellie” account, too. In one of the top posts on r/Overwatch, redditor hydra877 mentioned: “Now, greater than ever, any lady that tries to go professional will get this gigantic quantity of scrutiny and will likely be virtually compelled to disclose points of their private lives simply to show they are a lady.”
In the meantime, Punisher has but to remark.