NeoGAF goes offline; founder accused of sexual assault
The popular video game forum NeoGAF has been a source of rumors, news, and more for the past few years. The site remains offline in light of sexual assault allegations brought against the founder, Tyler “Evilore” Malka.
The allegations came from a woman on Facebook who shared her story. She claims Malka had an encounter with her in a hotel bathroom.
When this went live, users backlashed against NeoGAF. Kotaku reports that around half of the site’s moderators stepped down as well.
The woman, film director Ime Leupp, told Kotaku, “I had no reason not to trust him. He had been introducing me to people and helping me network for my film company. I feel gross from having ever been in contact with this person.”
Leupp stepped up in response to the #MeToo movement that has been spreading around social media. The hashtag is meant to identify people who have been victims of sexual assault and asking them to share their stories.
A NeoGAF user responded, writing:
“I ignored the fact that this forum was run by an awful petulant hypocrite who appears to engage in really awful behaviour towards women, while publicly decrying the exact same thing… GAF is acknowledged and recognised throughout the industry. I can overlook the fact that every single thread calling the owner out on his awful behaviour is locked right? I can just breathe through all the smoke. After all, it’s not like I’m responsible for other people’s shittness.
“But, I am. I absolutely am. By continuing to post on GAF, I’m continuing to turn a blind eye to reprehensible bullshit we’ve all heard about for a long time. I’m validating and rewarding the behaviour I spend a lot of time calling out on twitter.”