EVO Online cancelled as occasion organisers take away Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar from the corporate

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This 12 months’s EVO occasions have been cancelled outright.

EVO organisers have introduced the cancellation of EVO Online, a digital occasion initially deliberate to interchange this 12 months’s bodily EVO combating game match.

The firm has additionally fired Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar following an investigation into allegations of paedophilia and sexual misconduct members of the combating game neighborhood levied towards Cuellar.

When the allegations had been made public, publishers and builders whose games had been a part of the occasion’s line-up all pulled out, issuing statements in assist of the victims. The record contains NetherRealm, Capcom, ,Bandai Namco, and Them’s Fightin’ Herds’ Mane6. Quite a few distinguished rivals and commentators additionally stated they weren’t snug collaborating, chief amongst them SonicFox.

“Effective immediately, Joey Cuellar will no longer be involved with EVO in any capacity,” EVO’s assertion reads. “We are currently working towards his complete separation from the company and have relieved him of all his responsibilities.”

“We are shocked and saddened by these events, but we are listening and committed to making every change that will be necessary in making EVO a better model for the stronger, safer culture we all seek. As a result, we will be cancelling EVO Online and will work to issue refunds for all players who chose to purchase a badge. We will donate the equivalent of the proceeds as promised to Project HOPE,” it goes on.