Investigators say that a suspect in a deadly shooting at a video game tournament in Florida specifically targeted other players. (27th of August)
The CEO of Electronic Arts, the video game company that publishes the Madden NFL football games , said the game maker will cancel the remainder of the Madden Classic qualifier after a shooter has killed two players at an event in Jacksonville, Florida
EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in a statement released late Monday that the company decided to cancel the three remaining qualifying events "while we conduct a comprehensive review of the safety protocols for competitors and spectators, and will work with our partners and internal teams to achieve a consistent level of safety in all our competitions."
The video game contest Sunday at the GLHF Game Bar a Lange was the entertainment complex St. John One of four qualifying events for the Madden Classic Finals held in Las Vegas from October 11-13. Players head to head in realistic NFL video game
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The two killed Taylor Robertson, 27, of Ballard, West Virginia, and Eli Clayton, 22, of Woodland Hills, California, were competitors in the tournament.
"First and foremost, it is an unthinkable tragedy that Taylor Robertson and Elijah Clayton, two of our best Madden rivals, have lost their lives this way," Wilson said. "They were respected, positive and capable competitors, the epitome of players and personalities in the center of our community." Their love for the competition has been made clear by their participation in our events in recent years. "We are committed to assisting Taylor and Elijah families this difficult time, and we send our deepest sympathy to their loved ones, to those injured yesterday and to all those affected. "
The suspect David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, killed two and wounded 11 before he took his own life, says the police. A competitor in the tournament, Katz allegedly angry over the loss of the game, according to some media reports. The FBI raided a family home in Baltimore on Monday as part of the investigation.
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More: What Parents Should Know About E-Sport  At EA, "our teams have been working continuously to do what we can to respond to this terrible situation," Wilson said. 19659008] "We were all deeply affected by what happened in Jacksonville, this is the first time we have had to see this as an organization, and I believe, for the first time, that our community is having a tragedy of this nature." , he said. "Please take the time to support each other through this challenging time."
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