Second Wind Overwatch Player Ellie Quits Following Harassment

Nicholas Barth,

January 3, 2019 3:43 PM

Ellie, a former Overwatch player for the team of Second Wind, has stepped down from competing following harassment from members of the community regarding her being a female player.

Overwatch player Ellie had become the first female player to be signed to an Overwatch Contenders, the developmental league for the Overwatch League, in the North American region when the organization of Second Wind signed her to its Overwatch Contenders NA team on December 21st.

However, Second Wind announced on January 2nd that Ellie had decided to step down from the organization's Overwatch Contenders NA team following harassment she had received by members of the community regarding her being a female player. 

"Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen reactions, Ellie has opted to step down from the team," stated Second Wind in its official announcement regarding the status of its roster. "We hope you continue to support her in her ventures in Overwatch as we will."

After being announced as a member of the Second Wind Overwatch team, Ellie began to be questioned by members of the Overwatch community. Various individuals did not believe that she was a female player and that she had not yet proved herself to be skilled enough to be a member of the Second Wind team despite her having streamed on multiple occasions to prove that she was in fact who she claimed to be and holding a top 10 ranking on the ranked ladder as a DPS (damage per second) player.

One of these individuals was Atlanta Reign DPS player Daniel "Dafran" Francesca who stated that he believed that a male player was playing on the account of Ellie, while she spoke for the account.

The former Contenders player had also received threats of being doxxed before ultimately deciding to step down from the Second Wind Overwatch team. 

Second Wind owner Justin Hughs later took to Twitter to address the situation regarding the stepping down of Ellie from the organization's Contenders NA team.

Ellie had not yet publicly addressed the situation of her stepping down from the team until Wednesday, December 2nd when she posted the single word of "sorry" on her Twitter account. Her post received a great deal of support from a multitude of individuals who stated that Ellie had nothing to be sorry about regarding the roster situation of Second Wind. 

The identity of Ellie is still unknown at the time of this writing. 

(cover photo courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment)


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