The past couple of days have certainly been rough on the upcoming EVO Online 2020, which is actually set to open this weekend. To put it simply, the five-weekend fighting games tournament is officially cancelled.
The cancel comes after accusations of abuse by EVO’s (now former) CEO Joey “MrWizard” Cuellar came to light. Cuellar was originally placed on administrative leave, pending investigation into the accusations. But EVO eventually severed their ties with Cuellar, cancelled the event, and instated Tony Cannon as the new CEO moving forward. Refunds will be issued to those who have already purchased badges.
Cuellar has been accused of paying male minors in exchange for dares that involved partial or full nudity, as told in a Twitlonger tell-all post by Twitter user @PyronIkari. Following the accusation, EVO moved Cuellar on administrative leave pending a full investigation on the matter. However, the backlash was severe that it prompted game companies, and well-known participants like SonicFox, have pulled out of the event. This forced EVO Online to fully cancel the event, with a rescheduling still pending.
Cuellar has issued his apology statement on Twitter in light of the recent events.