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In light of misconduct and sexual allegations made earlier today, Evo has cut all ties with president Joey “Mr. Wiz” Cuellar.

In a statement, Evo said “Cuellar will no longer be involved with Evo in any capacity.” Tony Cannon will act as the new CEO going forward.

Additionally, Evo Online has been entirely canceled. The event, which was originally planned to be held in-person as Evo 2020, was shifted to an online setting due to the coronavirus.

Evo’s full statement reads:

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Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11, one of the games previously announced as a featured title for the Evo Online fighting tournament, will no longer be involved. Developer NetherRealm Studios confirmed just a short while ago that it has decided to pull its game from the upcoming event.

Yesterday, Twitter user PyronIkari leveled misconduct allegations against Evo co-founder and president Joey “MrWizard” Cuellar, who has since been placed on administrative leave pending a third-party investigation. Prominent members of the fighting game community – notably people tied to Smash Bros. – have also been accused of misconduct, inappropriate behavior, and sexual abuse. There’s a thread located on Reddit here with a full summary of allegations as well as those that have acknowledged wrongdoing.

NetherRealm’s brief statement is as follows:

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Like many major gaming events, the plug was pulled on Evo 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In its place will be Evo Online, a different way for fans of fighting games to come together.

Five weekends of fighting games are planned. For the tournament’s original lineup, there will be “special exhibitions and content” – though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been cut. Additionally, four open online tournaments will be held for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, Killer Instinct, Them’s Fighting Herds, and Skullgirls 2nd Encore.

Here’s a promo video:


Evo 2020, the biggest gaming tournament of the year, has been cancelled due to coronavirus. Organizers said in a statement today that tickets will be refunded.

While Evo won’t be happening in its traditional form, plans are in place for an online event. Additional details will follow “soon.”

Here’s the full statement:


Evo has issued a lengthier, more official statement regarding its plans for this year’s fighting tournament. Show organizer Joey Cuellar previously said a couple of weeks ago that it was still on track.

While Evo 2020 is moving forward, the situation regarding the coronavirus is still being monitored. Cancellation is not out of the question, and if that happens, “all ticket purchases will be refunded.”

The full statement reads:


Last week, GDC 2020 was delayed from March to this summer. We then heard yesterday that E3 2020 is still taking place as scheduled, though the ESA is keeping an eye on the coronavirus situation. Evo 2020 appears to be on track as well.

Joey Cuellar, who is behind Evo, said yesterday: “There are no plans to cancel or postpone Evo 2020.” The big tournament will be held between July 31 and August 1 as originally announced.

Cuellar has also offered the latest look at the Evo 2020 registration leaderboard for March, which is led by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The full lineup is as follows:


During a live stream today, the full lineup for Evo 2020 was announced. The fighting tournament will feature Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Samurai Shodown, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r], Tekken 7, Street Fighter V: Championship Edition, Soulcalibur V, and Granblue Fantasy Versus. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes will also have an 8-player invitational tournament.

Evo 2020 will take place between July 31 and August 2 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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