EA has the rest three qualifying events in its own Madden Classic competition in the aftermath of a shooting Sunday at a video game tournament that left three dead and wounded 11.
Elijah Clayton, 2-2, also Tayor Robertson, 27, died of gunshot wounds Sunday in a shooting at a Madden 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, the first of four planned qualifier occasions before the Madden finals in Nevada in October. Individuals events, the first of which was scheduled with the second weekend at Dulles, Virginia, won’t be held, e a Chief Executive Andrew Wilson announced Monday afternoon.
‘While these qualifying events are operated independently by partners, we work with them to ensure competitive integrity and to gather feedback from players,’ Wilson wrote in an weblog post. ‘We have made a decision to cancel our three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events while we run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators. We will work with our partners and our internal teams to establish a consistent level of security at all of our competitive gaming events.’
The shooting happened across 1:34 p.m. ET at the Jacksonville Landing market in downtown Jacksonville during the Madden 19 Tournament at the GLHF Game Bar inside the Chicago Pizza restaurant. At least several shots can be heard fired on a Live stream originating from the event.
Authorities claimed the shooter, David Katz, a 24-year-old out of Baltimore, took his own living. Police have declined to talk about a possible motive, but the Los Angeles Times has since reported the shooter was a participant that was competing at the tournament and lost.
Immediately following the shooting, Easports, writer of the Madden game franchise and organizer of these events, issued a statement on Twitter expressing its condolences.