Things are changing and evolving in the eSports world as more and more people are showing they have the skills and ability to compete. The industry is now seeing another change as the first woman to join the Overwatch League was announced. South Korean Overwatch off-tank Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon, formerly of ROX Orcas, will be joining the Shanghai Dragons in the Overwatch League.
She became known around the competitive community for her Zarya play, with an 80 percent win rate that led players to believe she was cheating. No cheats though, she’s just that good. This is the first time a female will compete in Blizzard’s Overwatch League as well as be one of the few women competing in eSports professionally at the highest level of their respective game in general.
There has been criticism for the league as well as the esports landscape overall for lack of inclusion for women. When the Overwatch League finalized their rosters, critics were fast to point out the male-dominated lists. It was seen as a step backward for a game that showcases a wide variety of diverse characters.
On Twitter yesterday, Shanghai announced Gergrui’s team signing along with three other players that will be joining, Element Mystic tank captain Lee “Fearless” Eui-Seok and MVP Space flex Cheon “Ado” Ki-hyun. The team is in desperate need of some fresh blood and skills – the team currently is sitting in last place without a match victory thus far in the season. The Shanghai Dragons have a mountain ahead of them to climb to reach playoffs, but the new members should help push the team up.