There was quite a bit of drama in the Korean Overwatch community when 17-year old sensation Gegury suddenly appeared on the scene. She was quickly reported as a hacker by players who couldn’t believe her skill with the character Zarya; with two professional Overwatch players saying that they would quit the game if she was the real deal.
Gegury appeared on the competitive scene overnight, where she quickly entered the top 10 players list. Blizzard quickly cleared her of any potential hacking, although that did little to convince her accusers. This lead to Gegury appearing at Korean gaming broadcaster Inven for an hour long livestream where she demonstrated how a real pro plays Overwatch.
To their credit, the two pro-gamers who accused a teenage girl of hacking have also kept their side of the bargain. Both ELTA and Strobe from Team Dizziness have permanently quit playing Overwatch, effectively ending their professional careers in the game.
Gegury has been surprised at the amount of attention she has been getting over the incident, and promised to set up a more regular streaming schedule. For now, it looks like Overwatch in Korean is more open to female players than other eSports. Gegury’s teammate Akaros – who plays Genji – is also a girl.