Kim "Geguri" Se-yeon has been named one of TIME's Next Generation Leaders of 2019. The Korean 19 year old has spent the past year on the Shanghai Dragons as the only female player in the Overwatch League.
Geguri joined the Dragons shortly after her 18th birthday. Her impeccable aim had gotten her plenty of attention in the months leading up to the signing, but not all of the acclaim was positive. Geguri was accused of using auto-aiming software, a professional gaming taboo that would have certainly halted any chances of an Overwatch League career for the Off-Tank if the allegations were true.
Fortunately, they were not. Geguri took the critcism in stride and streamed herself playing with her hands fully visible to the viewers to show that her skill was authentic. Geguri was cleared of the accusations by Blizzard Entertainment after a formal investigation.
Geguri is one OWL's most popular players. Despite the Shanghai Dragons possessing the worst record in the history of any competition at 0-40 at the conclusion of the inaugural Overwatch League season, Geguri skyrocketed to the top of All-Star voting due to immense popularity and impressive off-tank play despite the Dragons' inability to win a match.
There are over 200 professional players currently competing in the Overwatch League, and Geguri stands alone as the sole female representative in the player pool.
Geguri, while initially reluctant to acknowledge her position of influence, told TIME she's now fully aware of her potential to inspire:
“Since I am the only female player in the whole league, I think there are a lot of people who look up to me and see me as a role model. Knowing this, I’m trying a lot harder to inspire others to get to where I am today.”
The Overwatch League 2019 season returns with the start of Stage 3 on Thursday, June 6th.