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Evo Online Loses 6 Games Following Abuse Allegations (Update)

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On July 2, 2020, Evo confirmed that President Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar is on “administrative leave” after allegations of sexual misconduct while the “third party investigation” is being conducted. Now, companies are coming forward to pull their games from Evo Online. So far, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Mane6, NetherRealm Studios have pulled their titles from the event. (Editor’s Note: The story has been updated to confirm Bandai Namco will not have its games at the event.)

First, here is Evo’s statement regarding Cuellar’s administrative leave.

Here is Cuellar’s statement regarding the matter.

NetherRealm Studios was the first to pull out of Evo Online, as it noted Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath would no longer be a part of the open online tournaments.

Capcom quickly followed suit and removed Street Fighter V from the Tournament of Champions lineup.

Mane6 then pulled Them’s Fightin’ Herds, another open online tournament game, from the event.

Bandai Namco followed suit. It pulling out means that Dragon Ball FighterZ, SoulCalibur VI, and Tekken 7 will no longer be a part of the Tournament of Champions.

Multiple members of the fighting game community, from competitors to commentators, have come over to also state they will not participate in Evo Online. Same have said they will not be participating in Evo again in any capacity as long as Cuellar is still a part of the association.

Evo Online is scheduled to be held weekends between July 4-August 2, 2020.

Jenni Lada
Jenni is Editor-in-Chief at Siliconera and has been playing games since getting access to her parents' Intellivision as a toddler. She continues to play on every possible platform and loves all of the systems she owns. (These include a PS4, Switch, Xbox One, WonderSwan Color and even a Vectrex!) You may have also seen her work at GamerTell, Cheat Code Central, Michibiku and PlayStation LifeStyle.