EVO 2019
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Last week, it was confirmed that the online version of fighting game event EVO – created in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – has been cancelled following allegations of abuse by former CEO Joey Cuellar. Cuellar has been ejected from the company and will no longer be involved "in any capacity".

NetherRealm and Capcom have both issued statements explaining why they will not be participating in Evo Online, following allegations – mainly coming from members of the Super Smash Bros. community – which involve underage victims.

Now Nintendo, which has previously supported EVO events in the past, has issued its own statement to IGN regarding the allegations:

At Nintendo, we are deeply disturbed by the allegations raised against certain members of the competitive gaming community. They are absolutely impermissible. We want to make it clear that we condemn all acts of violence, harassment, and exploitation against anyone and that we stand with the victims.

EVO has named Tony Cannon as acting CEO.

[source ign.com]