Evo 2018 Mass Shooting Threat Brings In FBI And Talks Of Security
The annual Evolution Champion Series (Evo) is getting ready to launch this summer in Las Vegas as the “largest and longest-running” tournament for fighting games in the world. The event hosts over 15,000 people among a series of different games including Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and many more. Typically the security there is light, however, after an Evo 2018 mass shooting threat on Twitch, that may change.
The threat was made March 1oth on yungmushu_‘s Twitch in the viewers chat by a user who goes by quackquackhonks during a stream. In a conversation on Twitter, a fan brought the Evo 2018 mass shooting threat to light in a conversation about tournament security. Given that security is often lax, many fans are concerned about issues arising given the current atmosphere in America surrounding gun violence.
Since we’re on the topic. Idk how I feel about this. Joke or not, I don’t like this. pic.twitter.com/BbH1Zh2lto
— Bryan ॐ (@Dankadillas) March 10, 2018
The Tweet regarding the Evo 2018 mass shooting prompted event organizer Joey Cuellar (aka Mr. Wizard) to action. Cuellar notified both the livestream platform and FBI about the threat, seeking to not only secure the event, but also bring the user to justice. Here is what Cuellar had to say about it on Twitter:
We are aware of the threat that was made against Evo 2018, and have contacted the FBI and Twitch regarding this matter. We take this very seriously, and they will be punished to the full extent of the law.
— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) March 10, 2018
With a string of shootings occurring annually in the United States, many event planners are rightly nervous about the prospect of an incident occurring. To augment the situation, political influences are focusing on the gaming industry as the cause of gun violence in America and seek to make changes that are as of yet unclear. Whether or not the Evo 2018 mass shooting threat will affect those decisions remains uncertain, however it is good to know that event planners take these threats seriously and took swift action to keep tournament goers safe.
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