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01-11-2018 at 05:25 PM
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No Overwatch League Team Signed The Game's Most Notable Female Pro To Their Roster

As I figured the Newsfeed here wouldn't mention it, thought I'd share...

https://compete.kotaku.com/no-overwa...ble-1821968992

The entire of the Overwatch League is male. Across the board. Excuses as to why they didn't look at her - a gal that's good enough that people kept accusing her of cheating until she provided video proof - included such doozies as worried about "co-ed player housing", or because people might see it as a "PR stunt" and thus "it'd be so terrible to be her".

A game that's made a big deal of being inclusive in the design and characters of the game from the start... and yet can't find any room for it in the players.
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  1. Desidious's Avatar
    Good read. Seems like they need to be more open minded.
  2. Marco1019's Avatar
    It is a good read. It's also absolutely embarrassing to read all of the excuses.

    I'm not familiar with Overwatch or its gameplay. That being said, it's clear no one wants to make any sort of effort to add Geguri - or any other woman, for that matter - to their team. You can overcome a language barrier with translators. (MLB has done it for a few decades.) As for team chemistry, it's rarely instantaneous and usually takes time. There's no reason why other talented gamers cannot work with Geguri or any other woman...unless they really don't want to do so.
  3. datagod's Avatar
    If they were not allowed to know gender, would a team hire her?

    Shouldn't all hiring decisions be made based on merit?
  4. Snowflake's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by datagod
    If they were not allowed to know gender, would a team hire her?

    Shouldn't all hiring decisions be made based on merit?
    I think thats what makes this a big deal, because yes, if they didnt know gender then they would've hired her. The complaint isnt that their missing quotas, the issue is the reason for them not wanting her is because of her gender. I'm right there with you that things should be merit based, which is exactly why its ridiculous when its not merit based and instead requires you be male regardless of talent.
  5. GibGirl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by datagod
    If they were not allowed to know gender, would a team hire her?

    Shouldn't all hiring decisions be made based on merit?
    There are actually some good arguments about why she shouldn't be picked up based on her skill - such as her character of choice, Zarya, doesn't really fit into the current metagame. Or that there were some hiccups when she played in the S Korean league that make it a question if she could handle playing at that level.

    But nobody said that's why they didn't pick her up. The reasons that were all given were a lot more like excuses. And that says a lot about what was going on. ESports - and gaming in general - still has a problem dealing with women, and that's clearly a significant factor in this case.
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