NeoGAF Back Online After Owner Accused of Sexual Misconduct Issues Statement

NeoGAF Back Online After Owner Accused of Sexual Misconduct Issues Statement

The site's users promptly protested Malka and his statement.

After last weekend where allegations of sexual misconduct caused the video game forum NeoGAF to go dark, NeoGAF is back up along with a statement from site owner Tyler "Evilore" Malka. However, the re-opened NeoGAF was immediately flooded with users protesting against Malka, his statement, and the site's reopening.

Malka, the owner of NeoGAF who was recently accused of sexual misconduct, has come out with his statement regarding the recent allegations against him which caused his website to go dark in the first place. The news also caused many of NeoGAF's moderators (including USGamer's Mike Williams) to resign. The statement reiterates several points he gave to Patrick Klepek at Waypoint; claims which have been disputed by Ima Leupp who originally posted the allegations against Malka on Facebook.

His full statement:

A screencap of Malka's statement

Malka has been going to media outlets to discredit Leupp. Something he does again in his statement by referring to Leupp as "an ex" (disputed by Leupp). Malka also explained that going forward NeoGAF would be more specifically gaming focused, without the off-topic boards that engage with political and cultural discussions that Malka blames for the recent "stress" in 2017.

NeoGAF's front page no longer shows "off-topic" boards.

However, since reopening NeoGAF has been filled with forum posts rallying against Malka. Some posts even use innocuous headlines like "Persona 5 Announced for Switch" only to lead to anti-Malka sentiments.

NeoGAF as of this writing
The NeoGAF headline aggregating Twitter account.

Since the temporary shutdown of NeoGAF, the site's former members and editors have scattered. Some have gone to Waypoint's forums, but most eyes are on Reset Era which is an offshoot of the NeoGAF discord server where most of the site's former moderators went to. However, Reset Era's Twitter presence has been flooded with numerous accounts claiming to represent the group while posting unverified information, causing some confusion on the status of the site.

We have reached out to the mods over at Reset Era for a full statement and will update this story as more details come out.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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