Online tournament Evo 2020 canceled due to charges against recently fired President Joey Cuellar.
Note: This article references sexual misconduct and may contain upsetting content.
Because of the allegations against Mr. Ceullar, game developers have pulled their games from the tournament.
The cancellation of popular games such as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter in the tournament means that it will not go ahead.
In a recent statement, the new President Tony Cannon tweeted:
“Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first of a series of important decisions regarding the future of our company.“
The statement continues to state:
“As a result, we will be canceling Evo Online and will work to issue refunds for all players who chose to purchase a badge.“
Evo is short for the £Evolution Championship Serie£s and is the largest online tournament for popular fighting games.
Joey Cuellar and other members of the online fighting game community have been accused over the years of very serious crimes.
Such crimes include soliciting minors for sex, sex with minors and unwanted sexual attention.
Members of the community Zack Lauth and Nairoby Quezeda have confirmed such acts when both confirmed that they had a sexual encounter when Lauth was fifteen years old.
Zack Lauth’s revelation subsequently gave other victims the platform to come forward and confirm their stories.
Joey Cuellar in particular is accused of paying underage boys to pose in pools in their underwear.
The boys were allegedly paid with arcade tokens.
This particular story is just one of many that have recently made the news concerning sexual misconduct in the video games industry.
Many women in the industry gave begun to speak out against sexual misconduct that has gone unchecked for too long.
Some industry analysts are comparing the scale of the issue to that of Hollywood.
The MeToo movement has started actions against the accused.
As a gamer, it is no secret that the gaming world is hostile towards female gamers, but the industry itself being exposed is a revelation.
One would expect such large companies to uphold crystal clear values and respect all of their staff.
Over the last few years, gaming has become increasingly toxic and vile from a growing number of players.
Unfortunately, actions such as death threats and sexual assault threats are becoming common and are expected as a result of making a AAA game development.
Just recently, Laura Bailey who plays Abby in “The Last of Us Part 2” revealed on Twitter that she has been receiving death threats for her role in the game.
All I can ask is, “what the hell is wrong with people?”
Please note that neither Capcom nor Netherealm are associated with the criminal case.
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