Earlier this week, a player who goes by the Ellie-no front or last name-provided handle Overwatch Contenders team Second Wind after harassment and doxxing threats of their identity. Tonight rumors cited that they may have been a cheat after all. Now their previous team has confirmed so much.
In a TwitLonger post, Second Winds's management did not delete the player's real identity, but confirmed that Ellie was definitely not as they had said they were.
"Today, Blizzard had returned to us on the basis of Ellie, and warned us that they were not the ones they claimed to be, and discovered that the Ellie account was used for purposes we did not support," the team wrote. . "We regret the community as a whole so as not to handle this situation better when we are going, and we will aim to do better."
About why other wind veterinarian Ellie after discovering them on Overwatch's competitive ladder, the team's leadership admitted that they "desperately needed to find a replacement" after losing players, came not over anything that immediately aroused suspicion and wanted to respect Ellie's privacy. "We had no idea what was to come, and at that time we underestimated how important it would be to set an example as the first team to take on a female player for Contenders," wrote Second Wind.
 Second Wind says it has come in contact with Blizzard to verify Ellie's identity and meanwhile, tried to talk to the player to prepare them for interviews, streams, and public obligations. It fell through, with Ellie quoting "personal reasons."
"From today, Blizzard had come back to us on the basis of Ellie and told us that they were not who they claimed to be and discovered that Ellie Account was being used for purposes we do not support."
" Unfortunately, due to our desperation to fill a list, we overlooked important information that should have been more aware of, "said Second Wind. "We have not sufficiently allocated enough time to communicate with the public as a means of supporting our players, and as a result, more issues could have been avoided."
Before Second Winds's statement became competitive the Overwatch scene was about to speculate on Ellie's true identity. Earlier today, a streamer named Aspen claimed that the top 500 player Punisher – a friend of her who was connected to Ellie early and was even accused of being them – was Ellie after all. "Ellie is not Ellie," she said under a stream. "The whole situation was supposed to be, in a way, a social experiment. Ellie is actually Punisher, and he told me yesterday, so there you go."
Aspen couldn't give full details of why Punisher did what gave Ellie's voice in streams, or how he managed to pull it all together, but she paints the whole thing as a "social experiment gone wrong" that in the end revealed how difficult it is to be a woman in a competitive game room. From now on, Ellie's true identity is still not fully known. Aspen, Punisher and Ellie account have not responded to Kotaku 's comments request.
These new revelations have puzzled and upset the competing community as fearing that this whole failure will serve as another unfair obstacle for potential female players to clear while retreating into it scary mountain that is esport.
"I am seven thousand thousand levels of lively about this Ellie situation" said Liz Richardson chief editor of Overwatch esports site Overwatch score . "People involved aside, this" stunt "will have lasting ramifications for any woman / [non-binary] person trying to get into Contenders. They'll ALL be exposed to lol are you real? & # 39; Harassment. "