Rumor: An Overwatch League team may have finally picked up Geguri [Updated: Yep]
E-sports blog Dbltap is reporting that Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon told her Twitch following that she has accepted an offer to play on a foreign team – the assumption being that it’s an Overwatch League team as she’s a top Overwatch player in Korea. The best guess on Reddit is that she may be playing for the New York Excelsior (NYXL) as they’ve already got a Korean roster – language barriers and existing rosters seem to point away from other teams – though other people think she’ll be on an academy team.
Geguri became a household name in the e-sports community even in the west back in 2016, when she was harassed by both gamers and professional players who claimed she either wasn’t real or was cheating in her Overwatch play. She wasn’t; she’s just that good on Zarya, as she proved with her video of herself playing. (Apparently, she’s more of a D.Va player now.) That was unfortunately just the beginning of the harassment.
Last month, multiple outlets criticized Blizzard’s Overwatch League for its entirely male roster – and for the disgracefully bad reasons team owners gave on the record for not even trying to recruit female players, including not wanting to deal with housing accommodations. Geguri would be the first woman signed if the assumptions about the announcement pan out, though she has resisted attempts to become an icon for female players.
The best part of the rumor is the players who are showing her support on Reddit. “I’m literally bouncing with anticipation,” wrote one. “She’s the reason I started playing this game.”
— Shanghai Dragons (@ShanghaiDragons) February 14, 2018