Along with many other sections of the gaming world, the fighting game community has been rocked by a wave of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations over the past few weeks, and the latest involves the CEO of fighting game tournament Evo. After the allegations were made, several companies, players and casters announced they would not participate in this year’s event: resulting in the firing of the CEO, and the cancellation of this year’s Evo Online.
Former president and Evo co-founder Joey “MrWizard” Cuellar was accused of sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour towards several teenage boys, an account later backed up by another community member with evidence of inappropriate comments sent by Cuellar over Twitter. Following the allegations, NetherRealm, Capcom and Bandai Namco announced they would end their participation in this year’s Evo Online, while several players and casters including SonicFox and Stephen “Sajam” Lyon announced they would not participate in the event.
In response to the allegations, Evo last night announced that Evo Online 2020 would be cancelled, and Cuellar would no longer be involved in Evo “effective immediately”.