"Overwatch" is one of the most successful esports titles in the world, with the Overwatch League and other events supporting more than 200 professional players

At the start of the year, a player using the name "Ellie" was added to the roster of a semi-professional team but quickly raised the suspicion and ire of male players.

Skeptical "Overwatch" fans questioned whether Ellie was given preferential treatment for being a woman; some demanded that her identity be made public and threatened to find and release her personal information.

It turns out, Ellie wasn't a woman.

For fans of the game "Overwatch," a recent controversy over a gamer posing as a woman has exposed an undercurrent of sexism that pervades the culture even as splashy corporate sponsorships and multi-million dollar prize purses have become the norm.

Some gamers demanded to know Ellie's personal information

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