South Korean off-tank Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon is set to become the first female professional to join the Overwatch League.
Given their stuttering start to Stage 1, Shanghai Dragons are set to turn to Geguri to turn their fortunes around, ESPN claims.
The player confirmed on 5 February that she would be joining a “foreign team”. However, she has yet to reveal which team she will be joining.
Likewise, the Overwatch League has also stated that no contract has been for Geguri.
Speaking to Compete, the Overwatch League office said:
“For someone to be considered part of the Overwatch League, the league office must both receive and approve a contract for a given player. The League office has not received a contract for Geguri.”
Rumours linked the top-ranked Zarya player with current league leaders New York Excelsior. She was expected to join the team’s academy before progressing to the first team.
However, according to ESPN, multiple sources close to the player and organisation have confirmed that she will be linking up with the Shanghai Dragons, with an official announcement expected in the coming weeks.
Should that be the case, Geguri would become the first female to enter the Overwatch League, a topic that has been much discussed during the early stages of the competition. Likewise, she will be one of few female esports professionals competing at the highest level.
Shanghai Dragons roster changes
According to ESPN, Geguri will be one of many additions to the Shanghai roster as Stage 1 draws to a close.
The team has had a disastrous start to the Overwatch League, recording just X win in X games so far.
With just X games left to play, Shanghai Dragons are unable to secure a playoff spot. With nothing to play for, they will now turn their attention to rebuilding ahead of Stage 2.
Geguri will be joined by Element Mystic captain Lee “Fearless” Eui-Seok and Cheon “Ado” Ki-hyun of MVP Space.
The three South Koreans will be joined by a fourth Chinese player who has yet to be named.