The entire American video game community is in mourning right now, as another Mass Shooting has happened in the United States. This time, it happened during a Madden Tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, where a mass shooter, which police identified as Baltimore native, David Katz, shot up the tournament’s venue, killing three people. Two of the victims are notable pro gamers for Madden, and they are Eli Clayton, known by his handle “Trueboy” and Taylor Robertson, known by his handle “Spotmeplz”.

Spotmeplz is 27 years old, and is married, with a child. He recently joined the e-Sports team, DotCityGaming, and was even very excited about it. He also made over US$80,000 playing Madden alone. Meanwhile, TrueBoy was a renowned player, even making it to the game’s Madden National Finals back in 2017. “They were great competitors and well-loved members of the Madden community,” wrote the group DotCityGaming, which had sponsored Robertson. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to their families, loved ones, and all of those affected by this tragedy.” Several other professional Madden players and the victims’ sponsors reached out talked about them as well.

As for the suspect, 24-year old David Katz visited Jacksonville for the tournament.Local news outlet News 4 Jax reports that “Katz, a competitive gamer, won the Madden NFL 17 Bills Championship tournament. He was registered to play in this weekend’s Jacksonville event.”

Electronic Arts tweeted a short statement in two parts: “We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage. This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”

And as usual, it seems that politicians, together with Fox News, blamed the incident on video games. The conversation about video games being the cause started when Fox News’ Steve Doocy asked Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi about the fact that “usually, I believe, something like this is played remotely,” and not usually “under one roof”.

As expected, Bondi then went on to blame video games, going as far as saying that parents should check the settings on the games their children are playing, because “predators can find you based on location services.” She then went on and said “The scary thing is they could find out where your 13-year-old is sitting at home playing that game”.

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source: Kotaku and Splinter News


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