EA cancels remainder of Madden Classic tournament after deadly shooting


The bar was live-streaming the competition when the gunfire started.

As CBS News reported, three people, including the suspected shooter, were killed during Sunday afternoon's incident, while nearly a dozen others were injured and hospitalized after 24-year-old David Katz, who was at the "Madden" event, allegedly opened fire on players at the event's bar venue in a Jacksonville mall. The shooter took his own life after opening fire, injuring 11 people and killing two other competitors.

"They do so by conducting a thorough analysis of the surrounding area, assessing the likelihood of a serious crime - a shooting - and then putting in the proper safety measures and procedures to ensure that people that visit their business or attend their events are going to be safe".

" Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said investigators have not determined a motive, but Katz "clearly targeted other gamers".

"He loved football, and out of all the videogames he could play, he settled on and mastered 'Madden, ' " his cousin Brandi Pettijohn said in a family statement, according to The Associated Press.

You can read the full statement here on EA's website.

"We offer our deepest sympathies to their families, to those injured and everyone affected by this", the company said.

"They were respected, positive and skilled competitors, the epitome of the players and personalities at the heart of our community", Wilson said. "They earned the admiration of all who watched them compete, and we will miss them greatly".

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Here's what we know so far about the attack.

And in addition to his football gaming skills, Clayton was a football star on the field in high school, according to the Sun.

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).

In a video circulating on social media, sounds from the shooting appeared to be captured since the gaming event was livestreamed. Moments later, the first of what would be about a dozen gunshots rung out. Given the nature of the Madden NFL 19 event, several players were streaming their gameplay and caught instances of the shooting, but those were swiftly removed from Twitch.

"I'm just grateful to be alive", he said. "There's really nowhere to go but up, honestly".

Two Madden NFL players, Eli "True" Clayton and Taylor "SpotMePlzzz" Robertson, were killed in the incident.

A husband and father, Robertson had recently expressed enthusiasm in joining Dot City Gaming, a competitive esports team.