EA have cancelled three NFL Madden 19 esports events after Jacksonville shooting to review security
- Two Madden players were shot and killed by another competitor at an event
- EA CEO Andrew Wilson has released a statement following the tragic incident
- The three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events have been cancelled
After the tragic incident which saw two killed at a Madden 19 esports event by a fellow competitor who had lost earlier in the tournament, EA have cancelled the next three events for the NFL based game.
The shooting took place in a gaming bar in Jacksonville, Florida which saw popular competitors Elijah ‘Trueboy’ Clayton, 22, and Taylor ‘SpotMe’ Robertson, 27 killed and another 11 wounded.
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson released a statement which paid tribute to the two victims:
EA have cancelled the next three Madden 19 esports events after the tragic shooting in Florida
‘It is an unthinkable tragedy that Taylor Robertson and Elijah Clayton, two of our top Madden competitors, lost their lives in this way. They were respected, positive and skilled competitors, the epitome of the players and personalities at the heart of our community.
‘We are committed to supporting Taylor and Elijah’s families through this difficult time, and we send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones, to those injured yesterday, and everyone affected.’
The three events which have been cancelled were the other three qualifiers for the games first major esports competition of the year, the Madden Classic which was planned to have prize pool of $165,000 (£128k).
Wilson explained that security at future EA esports events is a major priority and the main reason why the next events were cancelled: ‘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.’
He then continued: ‘We’ve all been deeply affected by what took place in Jacksonville. This is the first time we’ve had to confront something like this as an organization, and I believe the first time our gaming community has dealt with a tragedy of this nature. Please take time to support each other through this challenging time.’
Many esport competitors have spoken of their fear in attending future esports events in the United States including TSM’s Smash Bros Melee pro William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who said on his Twitter: ‘Legit considering quitting competing in America. I am just so sad and frustrated that people refuse to see the truth time and time again while the body count keeps increasing. Truly sad times.
‘It’s selfish but at this point I cant help but just be sad my game is based in US. No other developed country has this problem. I shouldn’t have to risk my life every time I want to do my job, to play f***ing videogames.’
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