Online Performers Group reportedly shuts down following sexual misconduct allegations against CEO Omeed Dariani

Dariani stepped down as CEO shortly after the allegations.

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Three week after Online Performers Group CEO Omeed Dariani was accused of sexual misconduct, OPG is reportedly shutting down, according to esports insider Rod “Slasher” Breslau.

Breslau reported today OPG has laid off all of its employees and is in the process of releasing its creators from their contracts. This comes after several streamers, including Towelliee and CohhCarnage, announced they were leaving the company after the allegations against Dariani became public.

Overwatch community development lead Molly Fender Ayala alleged on June 21 that Dariani asked twice if she would join him and his wife for a threesome at PAX Prime 2014. She also alleged another woman had a “nearly identical experience” with him in 2015, in addition to saying a woman’s best way to succeed in gaming was to sleeping with men, admitting to blacklisting people, and that women had been blacklisted for not “doing the right thing.”

Dariani tweeted the same day that he would be stepping down as the CEO of OPG and asked for people to not “destroy it because you’re angry at me.” Despite this, at least 50 of OPG’s clients terminated their contracts or informed OPG they would leave when they could.

Dariani is one of several men in gaming and esports who have been accused of sexual misconduct or abuse. Others include Dota 2 commentator Toby “TobiWan” Dawson, veteran esports host and commentator Paul “Redeye” Chaloner, and Evolved Talent CEO Ryan Morrison.

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Preston Byers

Dot Esports associate editor. Co-host of the Ego Chall Podcast. Since discovering esports through the 2013 Call of Duty Championship, Preston has pursued a career in esports and gaming. He graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2021.