The Ellie controversy which has been going on in the Overwatch community for the last few days got a new chapter. In an official statement, Second Wind — that team that hired Ellie — admitted they had no idea the player was not who she was presenting as.
“When we originally contacted Ellie, there was nothing that would spark suspicion. They seemed to be very genuine and willing to work with us on calls and within private messages.”
Ellie signed with Second Wind in December when the team found itself two players short. The identity of Ellie was immediately put to question by several community members, claiming Ellie is indeed only the public face of separate, male player.
When the truth was eventually revealed by community members, including Cloud9 streamer Aspen and journalist Slasher, which is when Second Wind released their statement. Apart from confirming they’ve been misinformed, org’s management also admitted to handling the situation poorly.
“Due to our desperation to fill a roster, we unfortunately overlooked crucial information that should have been paid more attention to,” Second Wind said. “We did not properly allocate enough time to communicate with the public as a means to support our players, and as a result caused more questioning that could have been avoided.”
The management also added:
“We genuinely had no idea of what was to come, and at the time we underestimated how important it would be to set an example as the first team to take on a female player for Contenders.”
Official statement from Blizzard is yet to come as to what the repercussions will be for the parties involved with the incident, including the players posing as Ellie, as well as Second Wind’s management for making the hire in the first place. As it stands, Second Wind have a seven-player roster — more than enough to compete in the OWC North America Season 3 playoffs. The games start Jan. 11.