Gaming has a fairly equal demographic of men and women but in esports, 95% of players are men. It was only very recently in 2018 that the Overwatch competitive scene recruited their first female player - Se-yeon “Greguri” Kim.
When she was first signed onto Shanghai Dragons, a team participating in the Overwatch League, fans were ecstatic as they believed that she would be the player that would finally break the loss streak of the team and bring the Shanghai Dragons glory.
Unfortunately, the shared optimism was swiftly cut down as reality was proven to be much harsher. The Dragons became a team synonymous with losing matches, ending the season with an unprecedented loss streak of 0-40. Both the fans and Greguri herself were incredibly disappointed and heartbroken.
After the match, the team shed tears as they had finally seen their hard work pay off on stage to a world-wide audience.
With the new Overwatch League in session, it looks like Greguri may just have redeemed herself. When she faced off against the Boston Uprising, Greguri and the Shanghai Dragons made history by crushing the former team, ending their loss streak in the process.
After the match, the team shed tears as they had finally seen their hard work pay off on stage to a world-wide audience. Now 1-42, Greguri looks to establish herself, not just as the only female esports player in the Overwatch League, but also as an icon of inspiration for women in gaming, proving that esports can be far more than a boy’s club.