EVO 2020 Online, the virtual event intended to replace EVO 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organizers to cancel it, has also been cancelled. This time, however, it isn’t because of the pandemic. Various companies and notable attendees have pulled out of EVO 2020 Online after Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar, EVO CEO and co-founder, has been accused of sexual misconduct.
EVO’s official statement confirmed that, along with the cancellation of EVO 2020 Online, Cueller 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 responsibilities. Going forward, Tony Canon 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”.
The problem isn’t limited to just EVO either. It is just one of an increasingly growing list of sexual and non-sexual allegations made against many players and casters of the competitive Smash Bros. community. Some of the accused are well-known in the community, and some are not. The allegations range from grooming, pedophilia, sexual assault, and unwanted sexual messages to racism, and the exploitation, fetishization or degradation of women. The situation in the Smash community is still developing, as more people are still coming forward with their stories and the accused continue to respond. As for EVO, it is unknown what this will mean for its future. In the meantime, EVO’s full statement can be seen down below.