Dominique “SonicFox” McLean is among many FGC stars who have decided not to take part in the upcoming EVO Online tournament due to allegations around the tournament’s co-founder.
EVO organiser Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar was put on “administrative leave” by the company after sexual misconduct allegations emerged, which claimed he gave arcade tokens to young boys so they’d take off their clothes.
While no decision has been made yet on Mr. Wizard’s future with EVO, many players who had registered to compete in this weekend’s EVO Online tournament have refused to take part in protest.
SonicFox was set to compete in the Skullgirls event (Picture: NetherRealm Studios/Robert Paul)
SonicFox, who was set to play in the Skullgirls event, has confirmed they'll no longer be competing, while Mortal Kombat player Jordan “VideoGamezYo” James has also pulled out.
Also I won’t be participating any longer in Evo online.— SonicFox 1312 (@SonicFox) July 2, 2020
“I will not be competing as I don’t want to support anything to do with EVO due to this,” VideoGamezYo wrote. “Some people need to fix up for real.”
Many esports organisations have also distanced themselves from the event, including Brutal Democracy and Equinox Gaming who have players across Street Fighter V and Tekken 7.
A message to EVO,— EQNX (@EQNXGaming) July 2, 2020
Given the current allegations, EQNX will NOT participate in @EVO in any capacity, including EVO online, until we know Joey "MrWiz" Cuellar's continuing involvement. https://t.co/OJGWAqUQJ7
CEO of AXL Gaming, Aliciaxlife, stated she’ll no longer be working with the company until Mr. Wizard is removed entirely.
“I will not be doing @EVO commentary and recap until Mr. Wiz is not longer apart of the company [sic],” she wrote on Twitter.
“Though I love and appreciate the staff I have worked with. This is about demanding change and protecting our scene.”
The time for change is now.— AXL aliciaxlife 🌈 AXL Online Weeklies (@aliciaxlife_) July 2, 2020
I will not be doing @EVO commentary and recap until Mr. Wiz is not longer apart of the company.
Though I love and appreciate the staff I have worked with. This is about demanding change and protecting our scene.
EVO Online is scheduled to start on Saturday 4th July with Them’s Fightin’ Herds, with tournaments in Mortal Kombat 11, Killer Instinct and Skullgirls set to take place later this month.
Many accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment have emerged recently within the FGC, with many Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players and commentators facing disturbing allegations.