Popular online gaming forum NeoGAF remains offline following allegations that site owner, Tyler Malka, sexually assaulted a woman. These allegations were posted on Facebook before surfacing on NeoGAF, according to PlayStationLifeStyle.net, and have since set off a virtual implosion within the online forums.
"I remember a man, who claimed to be my friend, going on a road trip to New Orleans. In NOLA we drank and had fun and one night we had been drinking in our hotel room and I got sick. 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 don't cheat," reads the woman's post.
"So I told him that it wasn't ok[ay], that I was sick, that I had a boyfriend, that I didn't want that. He got out and slowly started resenting me, being mean to me, ignoring me… in a city he drove me to. I couldn't wait to get home."
NeoGAF is reportedly preparing a statement, but neither the company nor Malka have publicly responded to the allegations as of this article's writing. The NeoGAF forums went offline around midnight Eastern time Sunday: "Our apologies for the temporary inconvenience. NeoGAF is currently down for scheduled maintenance. Please be patient while the site is down," reads a message on the site's error page.
According to Rolling Stone, a number of the site's moderators have allegedly quit in response to the allegations, which were first posted to NeoGAF on Saturday afternoon.
NeoGAF launched in 2006, becoming a popular venue for players, creators, and general gaming enthusiasts to chat and share industry news. The forums are often visited by insiders, gaming celebrities, and other industry luminaries who either hold accounts or occasionally stop by to participate in conversations. The site hasn't escaped criticism from the game development community, however, with some seeing it as more of an online mob than a useful forum.