NeoGAF Brought Offline Over Sexual Allegations Against Owner

NeoGAF Brought Offline Over Sexual Allegations Against Owner

Prominent gaming forum NeoGAF, whose members once included Cliff Bleszinski of Gears of War  fame and Twitsted Metal’s  creator David Jaffe, has been brought offline.

NeoGAF Meltdown

This all stemmed from allegations of sexual assault against the site’s owner Tyler “Evilore” Malka, made by film director, Ima Leupp who came out in a Facebook post last Tuesday, detailing the incident. The post was part of the #MeToo movement for women to open up about their personal experiences with sexual harassment. The Facebook post was later removed, but not prior to being screen-capped and then being reposted on imgur.

“I remember a man, who claimed to be my friend, going on a road trip to New Orleans.” says Leupp “I was throwing up and decided to hop in the shower to feel better.”

Leupp went on “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.”

In light of this, it caused NeoGAF’s user base to well up with questions and flood the forum with various threads about the incident, with some requesting Evilore to chime in, others expressing their disgust in angry posts, and a chunk asking for permabans, which effectively deletes a users’ account. This also led to a mass exit of the sites user base and with reports saying that over half of its moderator staff having quit.

NeoGAF was formally known as “Gaming-Age Forums”, an exclusive online forum that required an invitation to able to join. Its where users discussed video games and other media, and was a go-to source for such information as developers and prolific industry figures would sometimes showcase new titles and hardware on the forum.

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3 comments on “NeoGAF Brought Offline Over Sexual Allegations Against Owner”

  1. Avatar Fexelea says:

    To be very clear with this disclaimer: I don’t visit neogaf so I have a very incomplete picture of what sort of place it is, who hangs out there, what sort of policies they have, what kind of people their mods are, etc. I don’t follow internet drama so bannings and comings and goings of others are not something I know of, nor do I know anything besides the recent news of its political affiliation, if one ever existed.

    So, disclaimer as above: As much as I think that victim shaming is a terrible thing we always should avoid, this seems to be jumping the gun a bit.

    Nobody should be "found guilty" the moment allegations emerge, specifically if those were made over a facebook post and then deleted. It seems bizarre to see one of the largest gaming forums of the internet go dark because of people wanting to distance themselves from it so quickly without any further evidence or corroboration.

    Of course maybe all that exists and we just didn’t see it, but from where I am standing, someone made a post on facebook that sounded like something inappropriate, then deleted it, and then the accused guy is essentially losing his business/site over it… what am I missing?

  2. Avatar qeter says:

    from my understanding its an sjw hotbed so they are more sensitive to this kind of thing. to add to it the mods have always been trigger happy with the ban hammers leading to a bit of a powder-keg situation. that being said even the facebook post didn’t mention anything illegal.

  3. ckmishn says:

    I would be outraged at what’s happening at NeoGAF, were it not for Saul Alinsky’s rule "Make the enemy live up to his own book of rules." Based on the Social Justice Warrior (why is the abbreviation starred out? And why in "discussion" but not the front page?) rules at NeoGAF: 1) Women never lie and 2) Anything sexual without a consent contract witnessed by a notary and signed in triplicate is, if not outright rape, then at least sexual assault.

    NeoGAF has, in the past, actually permanently banned people for things they did not say, in particular Boogie2988 for not sufficiently saying enough hateful things about GamerGate. Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone banned before from anywhere else simply for refusing to say something.

    Edit: I gotta say I love the automated error messages. Apparently NeoGAF is "down for scheduled maintenance". I’d love to see that schedule.

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