Blizzard Entertainment confirmed Sunday what everyone already knew: that the female player known as Ellie and who was signed to Overwatch Contenders team Second Wind was all made up.
“After investigating the matter, we found that “Ellie” was a fabricated identity and is a smurf account – created by a veteran player to obfuscate their identity. The owner of Ellie’s account is a player with no current or prior involvement with any Overwatch Contenders or Overwatch League team. “Ellie” was never formally submitted to the active roster of Second Wind and never played in a Contenders match,” Blizzard told Unikrn.
This is likely the end to the bizarre story — or “social experiment” as the player behind Ellie called it — that has been on Overwatch community’s mind. The only thing that’s left is to see whether and what punishment Blizzard will issue to the involved parties. This would include the number of payers who claimed to have played on the Ellie smurf account, and Second Wind themselves who ignored due diligence and signed a player whose identity they never confirmed.
“As part of the process to officially add a player to a Contenders or Overwatch League roster, we do background checks to ensure that players are who they say they are as well as meet other eligibility requirements, and will take action against players if we discover any behavior that warrants it,” Blizzard said.
Naturally, Second Wind will continue their Overwatch Contenders campaign without Ellie. The team will play First Generation in the OWC NA Season 3 quarter finals on Jan. 11.