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.
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.
Fuck this place. Permaban me. https://t.co/YIeEOqhmr6
— NeoGAF New Threads (@NeoGAFNewThread) October 22, 2017
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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