Posted 9th February 2018 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
Kim Se-yeon or popularly known under her ingame name, “Geguri”, becomes the first female player in Overwatch League, as she is set to join the Shanghai Dragons’ roster.
The addition of Geguri in the Dragons does not only mark the first female player to play in the Overwatch League, but she joins the few women who are able to compete professionally in the esports scene.
The debut season for the Dragons has been horrible like we have repeatedly written on our match previews before, they hold the last spot in the standings and is the remaining team who has yet to win a match in the Overwatch League. So far, Shanghai has won 4 maps but lost 33 maps over an 8-match stretch. The addition of Geguri, who plays the off-tank role, hopefully, improves the team’s performance. Moreover, Geguri may be an upgrade over the current Dragons tank players, Roshan and MG, both of which fail to produce for the team.
Moreover, Geguri will be joined by Koreans, Lee “Fearless” Eui-seok and Cheon “Ado” Ki-hyun in the Shanghai Dragons roster. But, this poses a problem for a Mandarin-speaking team. The new additions to the roster do not speak Mandarin, but apparently, they will be given time to learn the language before they debut. Geguri, Fearless, Ado, and another unannounced Chinese player will get to play as Shanghai Dragons during Stage 2 of the Overwatch League.
Before the Overwatch League opened last month, the lingering issue of the lack of female players in esports has been brought out during serious discussions, especially in the OWL. After each team in the league finalize their rosters, pundits criticized the lack of women in Overwatch League, where the game features diverse characters. 12 out of 26 heroes in the game are female and the critics thought that this was a “step backward” because of the lack of female players in the league.
There are still a lot of female esports players yet to compete in the highest possible leagues. Even if Geguri refuted the claims that her signing to an OWL team had nothing to do her being a female player, it is still a monumental part of history, as she is one of the first female players to join a male-dominant league.
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