The on-line model of the Evolution Championship Series (higher referred to as Evo) was canceled Thursday following accusations of sexual abuse made in opposition to its organizer and CEO, Joey Cuellar. Evo stated in a press release on Twitter that it has relieved Cuellar from his obligations and is working to fully separate him from the corporate.
“Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first in a series of important decisions regarding the future of our company,” the corporate stated within the assertion. “Progress doesn’t happen overnight, or without bravery of those who speak up against misconduct and injustice. We are 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.”
Allegations in opposition to Cuellar first surfaced on Twitter Wednesday through Mikey “CrackPr0n” Pham, who stated the abuse occurred when he was below 18. That led to many organizations pulling out of the occasion, together with Capcom, NetherRealm, and Bandai Namco, in addition to a number of well-liked rivals.
Cuellar has has since apologized.
“I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone,” Cuellar stated in a press release, additionally made on Twitter. “I was young and reckless and did things I’m not proud of. I have been growing and maturing over the past 20 years, but that doesn’t excuse anything. All I have been trying to do is become a better person.”
Accusations in opposition to Cuellar come amid a torrent of comparable tales, which name out abuse, harassment, and racism in video gaming, tabletop gaming, and comics. The repercussions from these scandals might have a long-lasting affect on these industries within the years to come back.
Evo 2020 was initially set to happen this yr in Las Vegas, however was canceled because of the ongoing pandemic. The on-line occasion was supposed to take its place. According to the official web site, the event will return in 2021.
Correction: A earlier model of this story misstated Mikey “CrackPr0n” Pham’s age on the time of the alleged incident. We have adjusted the story primarily based on the account.