EVO Online is falling apart right now after a series of sexual misconduct allegations came out against its CEO. Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar has been accused of multiple incidents of sexual misconduct involving minors dating back to the early 2000s. EVO quickly suspended Cuellar after the news broke and made this statement to the public:
A message to all players, attendees, and fans pic.twitter.com/TJfNxVPiXC
— EVO (@EVO) July 2, 2020
There has been a huge amount of public backlash on Twitter and other social media sites since then. Now, game developers and publishers involved in the EVO Online event are pulling support for the event. NetherRealm Studios, the developer of the Mortal Kombat series, issued the statement that Mortal Kombat 11 will no longer be at the event this year. Capcom followed with a similar statement, just minutes after.
— Capcom Fighters (@CapcomFighters) July 2, 2020
EVO is in the process of conducting an independent investigation in regards to the situation, but did not provide details.
Seeing as these two games were major attractions for the tournament, it’s possible the event could be canceled altogether. This story is still developing.