Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat Pulled from EVO Online Following Abuse allegations
Both Capcom and NetherRealm have just announced that they will be pulling their signature franchises from Evo Online. That means no Street Fighter and no Mortal Kombat on the largest fighting game event in the world.
This comes after many competitive gamers came out with allegations of child abuse against Evo former president and co-founder Joey “MrWizard” Cuellar. These include giving young boys arcade tokens in exchange for inappropriate favors, such as removing their clothes.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We stand in solidarity with those who have spoken out against abuse. We will be pulling MK11 from EVO Online.</p>— NetherRealm (@NetherRealm) <a href="https://twitter.com/NetherRealm/status/1278831639833931776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/x3coSxs3UL">pic.twitter.com/x3coSxs3UL</a></p>— Capcom Fighters (@CapcomFighters) <a href="https://twitter.com/CapcomFighters/status/1278834483995660288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Many others have chosen to disassociate from Evo, including five-time Evolution Championship Series Champion Dominique “SonicFox” McLean.
It’s difficult to imagine Evo without Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, but it’s a commendable stand on the part of Capcom and NetherRealm, following on from similar scandals taking place across all of the entertainment industry. Perhaps major blows such as this will serve as an incentive for the industry to no longer tolerate this sort of abuse in the future.Evo Online is still scheduled to take place in a series of weekends for July 4 to August 2.