M8 Gaming announces that it has signed an all-female Overwatch team to its roster. The M8 Gaming squad becomes one of the first women’s teams for Overwatch and is also one of few professional women’s gaming teams around. in general.
M8 Tempest Becomes One of the First Women’s Overwatch Teams
In a post on Facebook, Malaysian esports organisation M8 Gaming confirmed that it has signed an all-female Overwatch team. Called M8 Tempest, the six-woman squad is made up of Chloel4, Mimosa, Ristelle, Vause, Cyndy, and Hiyoteru. Ristelle is M8 Tempest’s team captain.
M8 Gaming says that it is “proud” to announce the signing of the women’s team. The organisation also explains that it is “following excellent examples set by the gaming community,” which perhaps refers to the women’s teams for games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends. Moreover, M8 Gaming states that it hopes “further contribute to the growing diversity within the gaming community.”
M8 Tempest is one of the first all-women teams for Overwatch, but it is part of a growing movement to get more female players involved in the top-tier of Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter. For example, an American women’s college announced its plans to form an Overwatch team, citing the game’s cast of diverse female characters as a reason. Meanwhile, Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon plays for ROX Orca, competing in the OGN Overwatch Apex in South Korea.
Moreover, Blizzard recently revealed changes to the Overwatch reporting system, which will help to eliminate the game’s toxicity problem. Toxicity is generally one of the most significant barriers that professional female players face, meaning that Overwatch can steadily give women a chance to play as characters that look like them, in a welcoming environment.
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