Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar, the co-founder of the popular EVO (Evolution Championship Series) tournament, has presented us with great confrontations in fighting video games every year. However, he recently received an administrative license from the organization after being accused of sexual harassment to the minors.
The move came after competitor Mikey “Crackpr0n” Pham accused Cuellar of taking advantage of minors at the Southern Hills Golfland, which until 2002 was a miniature goal that featured an arcade video game room and was very popular for the fighting game scene in southern California.
According to the indictment, Cuellar bribed the teens with arcade coins to either stay in their underwear or jump into the water. Pham also charged that he was bribed to show him his penis.
EVO’s move against “Mr. Wizard” did not prevent video game companies from acting. Both NetherRealm Studios, in charge of the Mortal Kombat saga, and Capcom, owner of Street Fighter, announced that they would not participate in this year’s event due to the accusations.
Keep in mind that Street Fighter was traditionally considered the backplate of every edition of the tournament, making it a direct blow to its realization.
Companies Withdrew from the EVO 2020
A few moments ago, the official account of Capcom Fighters, which concentrates the competitive scene of the Japanese company’s fighting games, announced that due to the accusations that have been made against Joey Cuellar and in support of those who have been affected, The decision was made to exit EVO Online. It means that no Capcom game will be in the online event.
In the same way, NetherRealm announced that they would not be in EVO Online either because their departure obeys an act of solidarity with those affected by the actions of Joey Cuellar. So that in the online jousting, there will not be Mortal Kombat 11.
Here is the official NetherRealm announcement:
Minutes later, the official account of Street Fighter, a game developed by Capcom, released a statement indicating that they will make the same decision
Here is the official Street Fighter announcement:
Finally, players like Dominique “SonicFox” McLean, Jachin “SKD” Harte, Dawn “Yohosie” Hosie and Steve “Lord Knight” Barthelemy announced that they would also not be part of the tournament in their next edition.
Minutes after companies like Capcom, NetherRealm, and Bandai Namco withdrew their support for the EVO fighting game tournament over allegations against the event’s president, the organization made official the impending: EVO Online has been canceled, and the company is making changes inside.
A couple of months ago, it was announced that the EVO 2020 would be carried online due to the COVID-19. Now with the recent problems that have arisen within the organization. This great event would be on a tightrope.
But, to keep the spirit of the Evo, we are going to hold an online tournament this summer. We will give more information later. The health and good of the community is our highest priority. We hope that everyone stays safe this time.