Over the weekend the popular gaming forum NeoGAF spectacularly imploded following allegations of sexual misconduct made against the site’s owner Tyler ‘Evilore’ Malka. Following this revelation a backlash ensued, and resulted in many of the forum’s moderators cutting all ties with the site. NeoGAF has been down for the last two days after many users were requesting to be permanently banned (the only way to delete a member account) in protest against forum owner Tyler Malka.
This isn’t the first time that such allegations have been levelled against Malka: previously when discussing his travels throughout Europe he made reference to an incident with a lady during a party in Spain, where he said groped her to show that he, in his words, ‘wasn’t being taken advantage of.’
The most recent incident relates to a Facebook post last Tuesday by the film director Ima Leupp on her private account. Although she didn’t immediately name Malka, she later posted a follow-up comment that suggested her friends should ‘google Evilore’. Leupp said in her post that, ‘I was throwing up and decided to hop in the shower to feel better. I was surprised when he got into the shower, fully naked behind me. I had a boyfriend at the time and didn’t think I had given him any reason to believe I wanted this. I didn’t cheat.’ This Facebook post was screen grabbed, and has since been shared on various forums, and Twitter over the past few days.
NeoGAF began in 2006 as a relaunch of the old Gaming-Age Forums. In the past 11 years it’s been known as a popular source for breaking news and industry rumours. Many developers and industry figures have signed up to become members in order to discuss upcoming, and recently launched software and hardware. A few members of the site have garnered the reputation of industry insiders, breaking news on the forum over its lifespan.
According to USGamer, NeoGAF is preparing a statement about the controversy. In the meantime NeoGAF is still offline, and displays a 503 error and the message ‘NeoGAF is currently down for scheduled maintenance. Please be patient while the site is down.’