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EVO Online Has Been Cancelled as Joey Cuellar is Removed as CEO

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Fighting game tournament EVO Online has been cancelled following allegations of sexual misconduct and paedophilia against CEO Joey Cuellar.

Joey Cuellar, also known as Mr. Wizard, has been removed from the company, with Tony Cannon taking over as the new EVO CEO. Allegations against Cuellar have been made public over the past week, and in response many fighting game publishers and competitors have pulled out of the competition. EVO has now put out the below statement.

"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. 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 prioritizing 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 and better model for the stronger, safer culture we all seek. As a result, we will be cancelling 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."

Cuellar has put out a single statement. "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."


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US November 22, 2013
Europe November 22, 2013
Japan September 04, 2014

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