People around the world marked International Women’s Day on 8th March with celebrations and protests in the fight for equal rights for women.

While thousands of men and women chose to march in the streets, millions more made their voices heard on social media, including Overwatch League analyst, Soe Gschwind-Penski.

Divided Opinion

Many fans applauded Soe’s sentiments, in which she thanked men who treat women as equals. Others responded however that her timing was a little off on a day traditionally set to celebrate the greatness of womanhood.

Soe responded to one such tweet to explain the what she had meant, stating that she had only wanted to represent equality for all genders.

Oh I’m sorry…did I offend you by treating ALL genders equal and thank humans for treating each other the way that they should? Believe it or not but women are not the only one’s fighting for equality

Heated Arguments

According to Soe –  who is currently the only female in OWL’s on-screen talent pool – some were so riled up by her tweet that they threatened her life. While open discussion is key to resolving disputes and understanding where the offence has been caused, such a level of toxicity and hatred was certainly uncalled for.

These heated exchanges come on the heels of an announcement that the male-dominated Overwatch League is finally about to see its first female player in action. The Shanghai Dragons said Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon, along with three other new recruits, are expected to arrive in the United States by the end of the month.

Despite “Geguri’s” trailblazing move into the league, let’s just hope fans judge her gameplay by the same standards as the rest of the pros.