The Championship Series will return following Jacksonville shooting — Madden Commissioner

The Championship Series will return following Jacksonville shooting — Madden Commissioner

EA cancels this year's Madden NFL 19 Classic qualifiers to review safety protocols, following a mass shooting at its first qualifier for the season.

The cancellations are in order to "run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators", he said. I know many of us, myself included, are filled with shock and grief.

Authorities say a suspect who was also participating in the tournament, David Katz, 24, took his own life at the scene.

It's unclear what the motive was in the attack or whether Katz was specifically targeting the victims, officials said. Players compete head-to-head in the realistic National Football League video game.

- A Chicago area couple who was at the Madden video game tournament at the Jacksonville Landing when a gunman opened fire, shared their story with WGN.

Gamers can make a hefty amount of money: EA Sports is offering a $165,000 prize pool with the top victor taking home $25,000 at this year's tournament.

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Successful eSports players can win lucrative endorsements, earn money from video streaming and play for thousands of dollars in prizes.

On the EA front, the next several planned qualifying events for Madden 19, which were meant to feed into a larger event, have been cancelled.

In his statement, Wilson expressed sympathies toward Robertson and Clayton's families, adding that EA was committed to supporting them and improving security at independently-operated qualifying events.

Social media and local media reports in West Virginia showed Robertson was the father of a young son and that he and his wife were married in 2013. He had earned $80,000 during his professional gaming career. "This impacts all of us, not just our Madden family, but the entire gaming community".

"If you mention the name Taylor Robertson around here on a Friday night, there's not a soul that's not going to remember him and remember what a tremendous impact he had on our community", Evans said. He did not believe in violence. 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. "He made a good living gaming, and he saved his earnings so he could afford to go to college to continue his education".

And in addition to his football gaming skills, Clayton was a football star on the field in high school, according to the Sun. "I think personally I'm one of the better players", he said. The team paid tribute to the young man in a Tweet, saying their "hearts are broken" following the news of the tragedy. Two competitors were killed, plus the gunman himself, and ten attendees were wounded.

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