The world’s largest fighting games championship was canceled this year due to allegations of sexual harassment by its president. EVO 2020 It has been held since 2005 in Las Vegas and this year it was going to be online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As reported by the event administration, Joey Cuellar was immediately separated due to the investigation that is carried out on their behaviors and the accusations.
“We are currently working towards his complete separation from the company and have relieved him of all his responsibilities,” the organization said in a statement. “From now on, Tony Cannon will act as CEO; In his role, he will take a leadership role by prioritizing greater responsibility at Evo, both internally and at our eventss ”.
Evo 2020 is a renowned fighting game tournament.
The accusations began to circulate on Twitter. In various different threads known and close to the figure of Cuellar explain the accusations, although there was no legal body that has intervened so far.
The EVO organization, which was to celebrate EVO Online 2020 this August, made the decision after the major developers involved walked out of the event: Capcom (Street fighter), NetherRealm (Mortal Kombat) and Bandai Namco (Dragon Ball Fighter Z), among other.
Joe Cuellar, the organizer, was left in the eye of the storm. And he referred via Twitter to the events:
I apologize. I never wanted to hurt anyone. I was young and daring and I did things that I’m not proud of. I have been growing and maturing for the past 20 years, but that doesn’t excuse me at all. All I have tried to do is become a better person. Once again, I am deeply sorry.
The cancellation statement
Over the past 24 hours, in response to the serious allegations that have recently come to light on Twitter, we have made a number of important decisions regarding the future of our company. For immediate purposes, Joey Cuellar will no longer be involved in EVO of any way. We are currently working on the total separation of your person in the company and we have removed all your responsibilities.
Going forward, Tony Cannon will act as CEO; In his role, he will take a leadership role by prioritizing greater responsibility at Evo, both internally and at our events.
Progress does not happen overnight, or without the courage of those who speak out against inappropriate behavior and injustice. We are shocked and saddened by these events, but we are listening and committed to making whatever changes are necessary so that EVO has a better model for having a strong culture, a safe culture, which we all seek.
As a result, we canceled Evo Online and will work to return the money back to players who had purchased their membership. We will donate the equivalent of the proceeds to Project HOPE.