Evo is the largest preventing sport occasion of the yr. This yr’s present had to go surfing because of the pandemic, however now that too is cancelled after firms and rivals pulled out following latest sexual abuse scandals involving the event’s organizer.
Joey Cuellar, who was president of Evo, has been accused of preying on younger boys in the course of the ’90s and ’00s. Evo introduced Wednesday that it had put Cuellar on administrative depart after which as we speak revealed that he’s gone from the group outright.
Evo gave GamesBeat the next assertion:
Over the previous 24 hours, in response to critical allegations just lately made public on Twitter, now we have made the primary of a collection of necessary choices concerning the way forward for our firm. Effective instantly, Joey Cuellar will not be concerned with Evo in any capability. We are presently working in the direction of his full separation from the corporate and have relieved him of all his obligations.
Going ahead, Tony Cannon will act as CEO; on this place, he’ll take a management position in prioritizing larger accountability throughout Evo, each internally and at our occasions.
Progress doesn’t occur in a single day, or with out the bravery of those that converse up in opposition to misconduct and injustice. We are shocked and saddened by these occasions, however we’re listening and dedicated to creating each change that can be vital in making Evo a greater mannequin for the stronger, safer tradition all of us search. As a outcome, we can be canceling Evo Online and can work to problem refunds for all gamers who selected to buy a badge. We will donate the equal of the proceeds as promised to Project HOPE.
Capcom was the primary main firm to announce it was leaving the present. As the corporate behind the Street Fighter franchise, it was an enormous loss for the event. NetherRealm, the studio behind Mortal Kombat XI, adopted, together with Tekken 7’s Bandai Namco. Popular competitor SonixFox additionally introduced that he would not participate in show, as did two commentators for Skullgirls.
The Evo scandal erupted on the identical day that despicable habits surrounding the Super Smash Bros. competitive community got here to mild. Nintendo itself has little involvement with esports occasions for the collection, so don’t count on a press release from them in regards to the incident.
Update, 6:25 p.m. Thursday: We have up to date this story and performed a write-through to mirror that the scenario has advanced from individuals leaving the occasion to its cancellation. We have additionally added a press release from the organizer.