Earlier this week, a player running Ellie's hand – without his first name – left Overwatch Team Contenders Second Wind after faced with harassment and threats to make their own identity surrounding. This evening, rumors appeared that, after all, he could have been an impostor. Now, their former team has confirmed just as much.
In a TwitLonger post, Second Wind management did not clarify the real identity of the player, but confirmed that Ellie was certainly not what they said they were.
"Starting today, Blizzard returned to Ellie's background and announced that there were not those who claimed to be and found that Ellie's account was being used for purposes we can not afford," he wrote team. "We apologize to the community as a whole for not doing this better when we should have and we will strive to do better."
As to why Second Wind did not blow Ellie after he discovered it Overwatch"The team leadership admitted that" he had to desperately find a replacement, "after losing players, he did not encounter anything that immediately awakened suspicion and wanted to respect Ellie's intimacy." I had no idea what what was going to come and at that time we underestimated how important it would be to make an example as the first team to have a female player for Contenders, "Second Wind wrote.
Second Wind says he came in contact with Blizzard to check Ellie's identity and in the meantime tried to talk to the player to prepare them for public interviews, streams and obligations. He fell, with Ellie quoting "personal reasons".
"Starting today, Blizzard returned to Ellie's background and announced that they were not the ones they claimed to be, and found that Ellie's account was being used for purposes we do not support."
"Because of our desperation to fill a list, unfortunately we have overlooked crucial information that we should have paid more attention," Second Wind said. "We did not adequately allocate enough time to communicate with the public as a means of supporting our players and as a result caused several issues that could have been avoided."
Before Second Wind's statement, competitive Overwatch the scene was full of speculation about Ellie's true identity. Today, a streamer named Aspen claimed that the best player from Punisher-500, her friend, who was linked to Ellie early and who was even accused of being, was Ellie. "Ellie is not Ellie," she said during a stream. "The whole thing was supposed to be, in a way, a social experiment. Ellie is actually Punisher, and he told me yesterday, so you go there.
Aspen failed to provide full details of why Punisher did, who offered Ellie's voice in the river or how he managed to draw it, but painted the whole thing as a "social experiment otherwise" which eventually revealed how difficult it is to be a woman in competitive gaming venues. From now on, Ellie's true identity is not yet fully known. Aspen, Punisher and the Ellie account did not respond KotakuRequests for comments.
These new revelations have tangled and angered the competitive ones Overwatch who fear that this whole fiasco will serve as another unfair hurdle for potential players to handle themselves as they crawl over the discouraged mountains that are being espoused.
"There are seven thousand levels of bats on this Ellie situation" said Liz Richardson, managing editor at Overwatch esports the site Overwatchscore. "The people involved aside, this" stunt "will have lasting ramifications for ANY WOMAN /[non-binary] person trying to enter the Contenders. Everyone will now be subjected to harassment "lol you are right." "