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Twitch streamer Fran targeted by misogynists after winning an Overwatch tournament

The support player was part of the team that won the Flash Ops: Echo Showdown.
Twitch streamer Fran targeted by misogynists after winning an Overwatch tournament

Misogyny is all too common in many aspects of life and gaming is no different, with Overwatch streamer Francine "Fran" Vo the latest victim to suffer a barrage of criticism simply for being female.

The incident happened during the Flash Ops: Echo Showdown Overwatch tournament. Aimed at aspiring pros looking for a breakthrough in the scene, the open-to-all competition only allowed two Overwatch League or Contenders players per team, with the stipulation that each team must run Echo at all times.

With this in mind, Fran not only signed up for the tournament but put together a superteam that included streamers Anthony "Harbleu" Ballo, and Redshell, former pro turned caster Jake Lyon, Overwatch League stars Dante Cruz, and Young-seo "Kariv" Park, and free agent James "Cloneman16" D'Arcangelo.

It's no surprise that a star-studded team like the one Fran managed to assemble took the North American version of the tournament - earning $10,000 in the process - with every member having moments of sheer brilliance and fun.

 

 

But in what should've been a positive weekend, several people ended up tainting the experience by targeting Fran with no substantial reasoning besides seeing a female member of the Overwatch community succeed.

Filling OWL's YouTube Channel chat with remarks about how the "egirl is throwing" or how "she is carried by Dante", who happens to be her partner, hundreds of comments were left during Fran's matches, despite Test Team 1 only dropping three maps during their entire run.

Even after the fact, comments like these continued to show up:

 

Fran Franyatta Overwatch Echo tournament misogynists Test Team 1

 

The vitriol she endured didn't break her spirits, with support coming from casters and players taking part in the event.

With Fran herself having a few choice words for the haters.

 

 

On their road to winning the tournament, Fran's team made quick work of current Overwatch League pros, including members of Paris Eternal, or San Francisco Shock, yet this wasn't enough for detractors that kept saying she "weighed her team down."

 

 

Openly admitting on-stream his level of play during the showdown wasn't up to par, Avast called out the lack of criticism against him, compared to the harassment Fran suffered.

 


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