EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said they are conducting "a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators" before resuming the tournaments, according to ESPN. The next tournament was scheduled for September 1 and 2 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va.
Yet David Katz landed at the foggy intersection of America's mental health and legal systems when it came to buying the two handguns that police say he carried during the attack, which killed two people and wounded 10 others during the "Madden NFL 19" competition in Jacksonville.
Authorities say Robertson and 22-year-old Elijah Clayton of Woodland Hills, California, were killed Sunday when a fellow gamer opened fire at the "Madden" tournament in Jacksonville. "Two victims were found deceased at the scene". In a YouTube interview published by EA Sports, Robertson said he had played Madden NFL since he was ten and started playing competitively a few years ago.More news: Iran, Syria Sign Military Cooperation Deal
"We've all been deeply affected by what took place in Jacksonville", Wilson said in the news release.
Clayton was engaged in a game in the tournament when shots were fired and caught in a video that has gone viral. The worldwide audience for esports will reach 380 million this year, and revenue for the industry could top $1 billion by 2020, according to the research firm Newzoo. "This is the type of event that has to have the highest level of security".
Drini Gjoka, a competitive gamer, said on Twitter that Sunday was the "worst day of my life".
University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh issued a public statement that referenced yet another mass shooting that occurred at a newspaper in Annapolis just a short drive away from Katz's hometown: "Our community grieves for the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday's horrific shooting in Jacksonville". While the Madden Classic is run by EA, the qualifying events are run by independent partners. ". Right now, one of the most tangible ways we can love our city is with our prayers". As reported by PC Gamer, they responded that, while they wouldn't reveal the extent of their security measures, they were working with local police to ensure attendees could move about without fear.
Ronald "SirusTheVirus" Casey also participated in the qualifier event. They were all in stable condition.