NeoGAF’s EviLore Makes a Statement on Allegations, Forum Under Siege

Earlier we reported that NeoGAF one of the prominent gaming forums was in trouble as the owner Tyler Malka “Evilore” was accused of sexual harassment and his whole moderation team left in unison.

The site was shutdown for 2 days and a statement was expect with many people questioning the delay as a coverup for silencing people talking about it.

Well, NeoGAF is now up and it’s not the same as before. The OffTopic section has been hidden and there’s only the gaming section visible right now and it’s being bombarded with shit threads.

Tyler Malka has release a long statement saying he is innocent and proceeds to blame the victim. You can check out the statement below.

We are not sure if EviLore is innocent in all this but as the law says “innocent until proven guilty”. It’s upto him to prove his innocence. It might be too late to do that though as many members of GAF have been banned and are planning to start a new forum called ResetEra.

An allegation of sexual misconduct has been made against me by an ex. It’s not true, the individual making the accusation isn’t credible, the story doesn’t reconcile logically with the facts, and there’s plenty of evidence and witnesses to corroborate that. It’ll be a process.

He also explains why he was late in releasing a statement and why the mod team left.

I was in the process of writing a statement that entire day to address formally address the allegation, but the community had erupted in a flash that morning. While the moderation team was trying to restore the peace, accusations and threats concerning the screenshot started shifting to them as well by association with me, and I was asked by my team to do something to fix things and get the heat off of all of them at least. I was beyond exhausted by that point, though, stretched too thin in the time since the post had first appeared and seeing unprecedented events unfold on NeoGAF. I was slow and weak. I failed to handle it quickly enough and let the team down.

Before I could finish a statement and get it out there, understandably some mods hit their emotional limit, expressed concerns about the community coming after them, and decided to leave. A few people resigned, and many more quickly followed for similar reasons, citing stress and harassment.

Stay tuned for more updates.