A few wear curlers in their bangs, which they'll unfurl before the fan meetup after the competition. Live. Geguri and AKaros stick around for a few more hours, then leave for the train station. ", One of the game's characters, D.Va, has become a feminist symbol, her flag flying at Seoul's Women's March. Because Overwatch is a first-person shooter, it's more accessible than, say, StarCraft; the game also offers a variety of roles. On a Friday night, dozens of young women flood the lobby, piling onto couches and sipping cold tea. She tried to find partners, but male gamers didn't want to team up with her when they heard her speak; at one point, she considered buying a computer program to modulate her voice. This is DavidEBeats for \"Play Like a Pro\" on the Just Meta Gaming TV channel! As the competition wears on, ROX slowly improves, and by the third round of matches, the team is pushing Afreeca on point after point. The number of female gamers is rising, but they're still outnumbered on the servers, and titles are primarily marketed to boys. Geguri pivoted and shot at Tracer, painting her with continuous fire. She had to tape the introduction several times because she was so anxious, and she wore a white mask to hide her face. A young woman named Lee says she has rooted for Geguri since the days of UW Artisan. "Heroes are male, and female, and sometimes, goddamn it, they're gorillas and robots too." (Because high school is optional in Korea, many young gamers simply drop out.) This isn't unique to Overwatch; women are scarce in popular esports like StarCraft and League of Legends, for reasons that are varied and complex. "We play more than 10 hours a week," says Park Seung-un, a 20-year-old college student. On a Wednesday night, ROX plays its first match against Afreeca Freecs Blue, an experienced squad with several high-profile players. Women have made incremental gains in Korean society, but they still lag behind. "She had to go through a lot, and to a lesser extent, so did her fans," she says. She disproved her haters by playing at the Blizzard offices in South Korea while being monitored. / 5, 3 Yong Woo "Kenzi" Kim. I was scared., The team's coach, a 28-year-old former StarCraft 2 player, says he was hired by EHOME not long before Geguri left the house. After ROX loses the first match and the competition moves to a different location, Geguri switches from D.Va to Zarya, her trademark character, and the crowd cheers. View Geguri's profile with detailed hero statistics and daily activity. After the lights in the Apex arena flicker off, pounding music thumps over the loudspeakers and the teams come out. But the incident at Lijiang Tower aroused suspicions that Geguri's ultraprecise aim was a little too precise. Girls also face unique logistical challenges. Her black-rimmed glasses accentuate her girlishness, in the way that precocious children seem smaller when they use big words. Geguri. "It feels like everywhere in Korea ... people don't treat women like human beings," she says. / 2, 1,603W / 6.49, 24.67 Blizzard confirmed her innocence; her movements had appeared glitchy because of a bug in the game's camera. Female workers earn, on average, 37 percent less than their male counterparts, an income gap that ranks 35th out of the 35 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. One of them wrote: "If there is a problem with our sponsors and such, I may visit Geguri's house with a knife in hand. Additional reporting by Young Jae Jeon and Genie Kim, Read Kimes' interview with Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan. "My parents weren't that fond of it, but I was stubborn, so they eventually gave in," she says. She's always surrounded by her team. "She did a brilliant job," Kim says. Curious to learn what happened, in May, I contact Geguri, who agrees to meet me and my interpreter for lunch in Sang-su, a neighborhood of Seoul popular with teenagers. "She defied the expectations people had for her online," he says. "Hey, it's Geguri," writes one player in the chat thread. "I want to prove that I'm really great. 9D One has drawn a smiling frog wearing sunglasses, with lettering that says: "Wow -- you're so cool!" She is trying to persuade her mother and father to let her transfer to a different school next year, one that would let her take time off during the day. While her departure had played a role in her benching, he says, he also wanted to give another player a chance to start. I look up Geguri's statistics and see that since the previous morning, her rank on the Korean Overwatch server has risen. We will talk about what makes Seagull such a good Overwatch player. The next morning, I go online and learn that EHOME Spear had advanced to the second round, then lost. The demonstration was a huge success. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. With so much practice, she should be able to hit any target she wants whenever she wants. Geguri's teammates stood by her as the drama unfolded, and once she had cleared her name, UW Artisan's profile rose. / 17.00, 524G Overwatch, which was released in May 2016 and now boasts more than 30 million registered players, had already cultivated a huge following in Korea. Not long after that, Geguri says, she stopped practicing with the team, which phased her out of the starting lineup. Blog. OP.GG isn’t endorsed by Riot Games and doesn’t reflect the views or opinions of Riot Games or anyone officially involved in producing or managing Courtesy @crumpled_kyul/Twitter, Every week, APEX, Korea's professional Overwatch league, holds matches at its esports arena, which sits inside a nondescript office building in a business district of Seoul.