Following the conclusion of the EVO 2019 fighting game event, allegations of sexual assault at the event and its after-party have been made.
Reports of sexual assault have followed the end of the EVO 2019 fighting game tournament event, which concluded Sunday night. Two different members of the fighting game community have spoken about sexual assault following the event. The first referenced multiple instances of sexual assault "at EVO," the second reports being a victim herself at a post-EVO after-party sponsored by Red Bull. A third EVO attendee reported being "roofied," also at the Red Bull EVO after-party, after receiving a drink intended for one of his women friends.
"Nobody should ever feel unsafe for being part of the [Fighting Game Community]," starts a tweet from EVO tournament player harli. harli says that during the EVO 2019 Red Bull after-party a man sexually assaulted her. After harli confronted the man, a fight broke out between the man and one of harli's friends. The man was then escorted out of the building by staff. harli's since requested help finding more information about the man.
Twitter user Yohosi, also a tournament player at EVO 2019, posted Monday Morning that, "Friends of mine were sexually assaulted at EVO, others were roofied." Yohosie didn't provide any further information regarding the reported acts, but did note that she didn't know who either of the perpetrators were.
"I wish it was just a vegas problem, but this is an FGC problem as well," reads a Twitter post from Tong Lee, chief of staff for CEO Gaming. Lee says on Twitter that he "took a drink that was intended for a woman friend of mine and that's the last thing I remember all night." He goes on to say that while he is "shook up a little mentally" about being roofied, he's more mad that this is a not uncommon occurrence. Lee didn't provide a name for who he suspects drugged the drink but did say that, "This was at an fgc event, the drink was given to a member of the fgc, from a member of the fgc."
Neither EVO nor Red Bull has officially commented on the alleged incidents.