For now, though, Overwatch League is still in an awkward spot. Since the very beginning, Blizzard has touted Overwatch as a game of inclusivity and diversity, with a selection of characters that includes everything from multiple women of color to a moon ape. And yet, as Overwatch makes its debut on its biggest stage ever, the pro scene’s most accomplished woman player is nowhere to be found. Instead, there’s only chatter that uncritically echoes the allegedly meritocratic points of view we’ve heard from other esports scenes for years. Yes, women have it harder, players, coaches, and owners admit, but they’ll win out in the end. Just, you know, later.
Ohhhh here we go. Give me a break.
Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon, is a top tier Zarya player who overcame allegations of cheating in 2016 is not on any roster in the Overwatch League and the eSports world is blowing it out of proportion. Now they want to claim that it’s a girl thing, and she wasn’t drafted to a team because of that. Get out of my face. She isn’t on any team because obviously she wasn’t a good fit for their play styles. It has nothing to do with gender believe it or not, America. Yea she’s good, and there are a ton of other players out there that are GOOD. But this is a professional sports team that has some serious cash invested and some serious cash to be won. If they don’t want to draft someone, then they don’t have to. It doesn’t matter if it’s a girl, guy, animal, rock, skateboard. If the owner feels as if they don’t fit in with the team then they won’t be drafted. Simple as that. Keep on keeping on, Geguri, and I’m sure your time will come. But until then, just keep getting better and stop riling up the nerds
I once didn’t get picked for a basketball team because I didn’t fit the teams play style (they were all fast, and I was very fat). Where’s my support?
We also talked about this on this weeks Not Another Gaming Podcast