The publisher of Madden NFL is to host a livestream benefit for the victims of Sundays shooting, as they establish a fund to help families.
Publisher Electronic Arts has announced its to contribute $1 million to support victims of last Sundays shooting during a tournament for American football game Madden NFL in Jacksonville, Florida.
The company is setting up a fund for others to donate to, with contributions going to the victims, including the families of Taylor Robertson and Elijah Clayton – who were both killed.
Also planned is a Jacksonville Tribute Livestream on Thursday, September 6. The details of the livestream have not yet been discussed but will involve members of the Madden gaming community.
EA previously cancelled all remaining Madden tournaments, following the events of Sunday, with CEO Andrew Wilson promising to increase security at future events.
Robertson, 27, and Clayton, 22, were both well known, professional Madden players. They were killed by fellow competitor David Katz, 24, after he lost a match. Katz also wounded 11 other people at the tournament, before turning the gun on himself.
The incident has raised concern across the games industry, in terms of the safety at esports events, with several companies already pledging to improve visible security at future gatherings.
While Evo does not comment on security procedures (for obvious reasons), it's very clear that we need to be more proactive for 2019 and beyond. The amount of undercover law enforcement at Evo was unprecedented, and we will be installing metal detectors for ALL days next year.
— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) August 26, 2018