EA donate £770k to the Jacksonville shooting victims and will fundraise more with a Madden livestream
- Professional Madden players Trueboy and SpotMe were killed during the tragedy
- The Jacksonville Tribute will support families of those killed and the 11 wounded
- EA have cancelled the next three Madden esports events to re-evaluate security
Electronic Arts have announced a new fund labelled the ‘Jacksonville Tribute’ which has been created in order to support the Madden shooting victims and their families.
The game publishers have already kicked off the fund with a generous donation of $1million (£770,000) and others will be able to donate and contribute to the fund soon.
Professional Madden NFL 19 players Elijah ‘Trueboy’ Clayton, 22, and Taylor ‘SpotMe’ Robertson, 27, were shot dead during the first Madden Classic qualifier event while Another 11 were wounded, some of whom were hospitalised.
EA have announced the Jacksonville Tribute to help the shooting victims and their families
EA have promised to help the victims in anyway they can and want to show the strength of their community. Earlier this week EA CEO Andrew Wilson announced they had cancelled three Madden events as they reviewed the security protocol for all of their tournaments.
Those events were the remaining three qualifiers for the Madden Classic, the first major Madden esports event of the year which would have a prize pool of $165,000 (£128k).
Wilson urged the Madden community to come together and support each other and that’s what EA are enabling next week as they will host a Madden stream on Thursday September 6 to allow others to donate to the new fund. All proceeds will then go to those who were affected by the shooting.
The statement read: ‘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.
‘But as is so often the case, our community inspires us. The way you are coming together, and the outpouring of support for all those affected by this tragedy, is incredibly uplifting. We want to join you.
‘We’ve heard from so many of you that you would like to support the victims, and to show that this horrific event will not define us, but only serve to make our community stronger. We’re already working with many of you to help make this happen through the livestream.’
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