A tumbling reaction to revelations of the EVO community, there were many allegations of sexual misconduct and more similar issues that came to light during this month’s first few days. There came many allegations of Misogyny, Paedophilia and more from stories of the Super Smash Community which directly affected the EVO Online scenario that held Super Smash Ultimate’s biggest annual tourney. As of this moment, accusations against Joey Cuellar have resulted in him being fired, with the complete cutting of any type of involvement he had to EVO. The situation has also lead to EVO Online being cancelled as well.
Two statements regarding this situation confirmed that Joey is leaving EVO with immediate effect. It, however, does indicate that such a change cannot happen instantly and will take some time, however, Joey as of yet is no longer a part of EVO in any manner. Tony Cannon has come to the seat of EVO’s new CEO.
The first official statement regarding the matter was posted with information of an active investigation against Joey. This is the statement:
The inquiries came forward right after the conclusions of EVO Online registrations that were still actively being accepted. It was a sudden turnout which now results in EVO being officially and completely cancelled, the administrative system now underway for a complete and thorough inquiry and change.
What is more that added to this sudden investigation was how recent allegations were affecting registrations for the event. Professional players including champions such as SonicFox released statements that they shall not be going to EVO this year as they no longer felt safe or comfortable attending. The Online scenario was already foregoing a change from EVO’s normal event system due to the ongoing pandemic, this was the first time in history that the biggest annual fighting-game event was happening online. All this added to the allegations situation led to the decision to cancel the event for this year.
The second statement officially announced the immediate departure of Joey Cuellar. This is the official statement from EVO’s official website.
It doe not assume the results of the on-going investigations of Joey Cuellar, however, regardless, the CEO is hereby released. Further in the statement announced the new CEO being Tony Cannon with what EVO shall be striving further in hopes of recovering for the event’s future. As stated, all players already registered for EVO will get a full refund for their money spend on EVO Online. It shall undergo a full reevaluation for a safer and stronger culture and general conduct.
Joey Cuellar came forward with an apologetic statement as well from his official twitter. He states his apology with the following:
“I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone. I was young and reckless and did things I’m not proud of. I have been growing and maturing over the past 20 years, but that doesn’t excuse anything. All I have been trying to do is become a better person. Once again, I’m truly sorry.”
There was harsh backlash surrounding Joey Cuellar’s Official Twitter throughout.
Conclusively, it remains to be announced what more changes EVO goes through what the scenario will be around it from now onward. The backlash of its ex-CEO may have permanently damaged its acclaim and approval as the biggest Fighting-game Esports tournament of the year. It continued to be this way for all its previous year until the pandemic saw changes to observe the online format. Fans were still hopeful for it to happen, however, the misconduct movement in the esports scene has led to its cancellation for the first time in history. The statement above shows there will be changes coming in the future for the event, but it is still unknown what the reaction will be from the global EVO community.
Thus the eyes shift to the new administration under the new CEO of EVO which will have a hefty responsibility moving forward. Joey Cuellar was one of the co-founders of the event, showing a grim link to what the event has been hiding for all these years and depicting a sad realization of the situation regarding misconduct towards such a large community. More news to follow in the future.