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Female Overwatch Contenders player quits after debate about her gender

Published: 3/Jan/2019 12:58 Updated: 20/Nov/2019 16:50

by Joe O'Brien


A female Overwatch Contenders player has stepped down from competing after questions were raised about her gender.

Contenders NA team Second Wind announced on December 22 that “Ellie” would be joining their line-up.

Ellie had no history in organized competitive play and no profile as a content creator, but had risen quickly into the top 10 on the ranked ladder as a DPS player.

Shortly after her addition, however, some began to question who was really behind the moniker, leading to a community debate over whether or not Ellie was really who she claimed to be. Some suggested that it was instead another high-ranked player using a different account.

Though Ellie spoke during several streams on Twitch in an attempt to verify herself, many remained unconvinced.

After running into Ellie in a ranked match, popular streamer and Atlanta Reign DPS player Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca speculated that the person talking wasn’t the same person playing the game.

As a result of the drama, Second Wind have now announced that Ellie has chosen to step down from the team before having played her first official match with them.

Second Wind owner Justin Hughes also took to Twitter to criticize the community’s response to Ellie’s signing, hitting out at both those who questioned her legitimacy and those who elevated her as a “symbol of empowerment”.

“It seems that the OW community isn’t ready to just view a player as just a player.” Hughes said, “We wanted a player, but it seemed like the public wanted something else.

With Ellie stepping out of the spotlight, it seems likely that her real identity, which she chose to keep publicly hidden, will remain so.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.