After the cancellation of Evo 2020 due to the novel coronavirus back in May, Evo was reborn as Evo Online 2020. However, Evo Online 2020 has now be cancelled after sexual abuse allegations were brought up against now former-CEO, Joey Cueller, who has now been removed for the company and replaced by the new CEO, Tony Cannon.
Evo Online 2020 was due to start tomorrow, July 4th and run every weekend until the end of the month. Evo has posted a full statement on Twitter which can be found below:
Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first in 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 a better model for the stronger, safe 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.
Participating companies ahead of the cancellation withdrew themselves from Evo Online and each issued a statement on the current event all of which can be read here, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Mane6, and NetherRealm Studios.