Evo president booted from company over sexual abuse allegations

Evo president booted from company over sexual abuse allegations

Fighting game tournament Evo has kicked its president, Joey Cuellar, out over allegations of sexual abuse.

In a statement to GamesBeat, Evo said that Cuellar had been removed from his role after he had been put on administrative leave. As reported by EventHubs, he's accused of preying on young boys during the 1990s and 2000s.

"Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first of a series of important decisions regarding the future of our company," Evo wrote.

"Effective immediately, Joey Cuellar will no longer be involved with Evo in any capacity. We are currently working towards his complete separation from the company and have relieved him of all his responsibilities.

"Going forward, Tony Cannon will act as CEO; in this position, he will take a leadership role in prioritising greater accountability across Evo, both internally and at our events.

"Progress doesn’t happen overnight, or without the bravery of those who speak up against misconduct and injustice. We are shocked and saddened by these events, but we are listening and committed to making every change that will be necessary in making Evo a better model for the stronger, safer culture we all seek. As a result, we will be canceling Evo Online and will work to issue refunds for all players who chose to purchase a badge. We will donate the equivalent of the proceeds as promised to Project HOPE."

Evo 2020 is no longer taking place, either. Capcom and NetherRealm announced they were pulling out of the show after the allegations made against Cuellar.

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