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Capcom and NetherRealm Studios withdraw from EVO Online 2020

Many prominent community figures also announce plans not to participate

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 2, 2020 at 4:32 p.m. PDT • Comments: 113

Capcom and NetherRealm Studios have announced they'll be withdrawing from EVO 2020 Online.

This comes after EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar was placed on administrative leave from the event following allegations of misconduct.

"We stand in solidarity with those who have spoken out against abuse. We will be pulling MK11 from EVO Online," reads NRS' tweet posted Thursday afternoon.

Capcom posted the following statement just minutes after NetherRealm's announcement. Neither EVO staff nor Capcom had yet revealed the specific plans for Street Fighter 5 at the event.

"In light of the recent accusations of misconduct made against EVO organizer Joey Cuellar, Capcom will no longer be participating in EVO 2020. Out of respect to those who have been affected and to the current investigation, we felt this was the appropriate course of action. We apologize to the players and fans who were looking forward to these tournaments. "

Them's Fightin' Herds' Mane6 development team also rescinded their game from EVO lineup, as have Bandai Namco.

Many members of the fighting game community slated to participate in EVO via competition, commentary, or player sponsorship have also withdrawn from the event. Some of the notable dropouts include, but are not limited to:

Dominque "EG|SonicFox" McLean
Stephen "Sajam" Lyon
Steve "Tasty Steve" Scott
James Chen
Michael "Yipes" Mendoza
EQNX Gaming
UYU Gaming
BC|Lord Knight
BDG eSports
Kick Punch Block

You can view an image of Capcom's Twitter post via the first image below. The second includes the statements of many of the participants who have decided to drop out.

EVO Withdrawls image #1 EVO Withdrawls image #2
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