Texas Tech University

‘Ellie’ Was a Rising Star in the Gaming World. Or Was She?

The New York Times

January 26, 2019

Over the past few weeks, the gaming community has been consumed by a strange episode — one involving a game called Overwatch, a player named Ellie and a so-called social experiment gone wrong.

For the unfamiliar, Overwatch is a first-person shooter video game in which teams of six players must work together to accomplish an objective while avoiding being killed by opposing teams. As of May 2018, there were approximately 40 million Overwatch players regularly battling it out worldwide, making the game one of the most popular out there.

Megan Condis is an assistant professor of game studies at Texas Tech University and the author of "Gaming Masculinity: Trolls, Fake Geeks, and the Gendered Battle for Online Culture."

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