Recently, a mass shooting took place during a Madden 19 Tournament being held at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooter, who was one of the competitors at the tournament, killed two people and injured 9 others with serious wounds. He killed himself as well. In light of these events, the remaining three tournaments have been cancelled as well. Now, EA has stepped forward and has come up with an initiative called Jacksonville Tribute.
They will be donating $1 million to the families of victims involved in the Jacksonville Shooting.
The million dollars donated are to support the affected victims and their families. EA has also set up a fund to get further support from the fellow gaming community. There will be a live-stream event where they will bring the gaming community together on September 6 2018. EA said, “The events last weekend in Jacksonville will impact the gaming community forever. We can’t begin to understand the pain so many are going through, nor do we pretend to have all the answers that will help us through the healing process.”
— Electronic Arts (@EA) August 30, 2018
Two professional eSports athletes of Madden 19 – Elijah Clayton and Taylor Robertson died during the shooting and several others were injured. The shooter was identified as David Katz, 24, an eSports player competing at the Madden 19 Tournament. His court record states that he has been suffering from several mental illnesses and addiction to gaming. Too much of anything can be dangerous and addictions can destroy lives. After shooting up the place, he killed himself making the total death count 3.
This incident has horrified people all over the world and it’s great to see EA stepping up and taking responsibility for what’s happened. Let’s pray for all those who were affected by the incident and hope they get better. EA will be sharing more details about the Jacksonville Tribute Fund soon.