With the Second Wind, Ellie Overwatch situation getting larger, I decided to put up a basic timeline of things that have occurred thus far.
On Dec. 21, Second Wind Announced that Ellie was joining the team.
We're happy to announce @ellie_ow will be the newest addition to our roster for this season of Contenders!
— Second Wind (@SecondWindGG) December 22, 2018
Ellie played for the team from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2nd. On Jan. 2nd, Second Wind announced on twitter that Ellie was leaving the team due to unforeseen circumstances.
Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen reactions, Ellie has opted to step down from the team. We hope you continue to support her in her ventures in Overwatch as we will
— Second Wind (@SecondWindGG) January 2, 2019
On the same dad, the Second Wind Owner, Justin Hughes came out with the statement that the harassment and pressure from being a symbol had been too much for Ellie.
(2/2) their Messiah. Between needing a player to live up to huge expectations and having to question their own safety, it seems that the OW community isn't ready to just view a player as just a player. We wanted a player, but it seemed like the public wanted something else.
— Justin Hughes (@SwerteSiJustin) January 2, 2019
On Jan. 4, Aspen an Overwatch Streamer for Cloud9 said on stream that it was a fake. That someone named Punisher decided to do it for a social experiment.
Later the same day, Slasher tweeted that their was to be a meeting between Blizzard and Second Wind players about the matter:
Punisher, the player assumed to have played as Ellie, is just another NA ladder player. Not a pro smurf or semipro. It is also possible more than one person played under her name.
Correction: The meeting between Blizzard and SW has not yet occurred, will happen in the next hour.
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) January 4, 2019
Finally, Jayne streamed his thoughts on the matter about why he thought the social experiment took place.
Timeline in Bullet Form:
- Dec. 21 – Ellie Joins Second Wind
- Jan. 2nd – Ellie leaves Second Win
- Jan. 4 – Aspen reveals that Ellie was someone named Punisher
- Jan. 4 – Slasher tweets that Ellie has informed the teammates that she wasn’t the one playing. Blizzard are set to meet with Second Wind.