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Male gamer pretended to be female in failed ‘social experiment’

Was it sexism, or a social experiment? That’s the question buzzing around the gaming world this week, after a gender-bending experiment caused big problems for a major studio. It all started when a male player pretended to be a woman, but it didn’t spark the response he was hoping for. “Overwatch Contenders” is a farm system for the popular Overwatch E-Sports league. Think of it as the minor leagues of professional video game playing, with many aspiring pros heading to worldwide competitions to show how good they are, in the hopes of being drafted onto a pro team. One of the most prominent teams, “Second Wind,” was in a rush to sign a new player to their roster, so they gave an untested player named Ellie a shot, excited ...