Video game maker cancels three tournaments after shooting

(Reuters) - U.S. video game maker Electronic Arts on Tuesday canceled three tournaments of its Madden NFL 19 football game to review its security measures after a competitor who lost a Florida matchup shot dead two rivals and wounded 11 others. A Florida law firm said it planned to file a civil lawsuit later this week on behalf of the people injured during the shooting on Sunday at the GLHF Game Bar in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.

Reuters August 29, 2018 00:07:46 IST
Video game maker cancels three tournaments after shooting

Video game maker cancels three tournaments after shooting

(Reuters) - U.S. video game maker Electronic Arts on Tuesday canceled three tournaments of its Madden NFL 19 football game to review its security measures after a competitor who lost a Florida matchup shot dead two rivals and wounded 11 others.

A Florida law firm said it planned to file a civil lawsuit later this week on behalf of the people injured during the shooting on Sunday at the GLHF Game Bar in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's office has said David Katz, 24, targeted fellow competitors in the tournament after losing on Sunday. It said Katz shot dead Elijah Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 27, before killing himself.

"We've all been deeply affected by what took place in Jacksonville," Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, said in a statement on Tuesday. "This is the first time we've had to confront something like this as an organization, and I believe the first time our gaming community has dealt with a tragedy of this nature."

EA canceled the three remaining qualifying events for the Madden NFL 19 Classic to give it time to review security plans, Wilson said. He did not say when or if the events would be rescheduled.

The EA Sports division of Electronic Arts makes Madden NFL 19, a video game that depicts National Football League competition.

The incident was the latest high-profile shooting in Florida in recent years. A gunman killed 17 students and staff at a high school in February and another killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in 2016.

The killings rocked the world of professional video game tournaments, also known as esports, which boasts an estimated 250 million players worldwide in a growing market worth about a billion dollars a year.

Attorneys from the law firm Morgan & Morgan said on Tuesday they would file a negligent security lawsuit this week against event organizers as well as the venue where the esports event was held, on the behalf of at least six victims who were injured physically or emotionally. Lawyers declined to name the plaintiffs or to specify precisely who they planned to sue.

"Business owners and event organizers have a duty to provide a safe environment," attorney Matt Morgan told a news conference. "This event could have and should have been prevented had there been the proper safety measures in place."

Katie Boyles, a spokeswoman for The Jacksonville Landing, the shopping center and event space where the gaming tournament was held, declined to comment on news of the planned lawsuit.

A representative of EA Sports did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee and Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Peter Graff and Frances Kerry)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

British newspaper distribution hit by Extinction Rebellion blockade
Business

British newspaper distribution hit by Extinction Rebellion blockade

By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - Distribution of several British newspapers was disrupted on Saturday after climate change activists blockaded printworks used by Rupert Murdoch's News UK, publisher of The Times and The Sun, drawing condemnation from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

'Keep calm and support Barnier': French minister denies Brexit negotiator sidelined
Business

'Keep calm and support Barnier': French minister denies Brexit negotiator sidelined

PARIS (Reuters) - France denied the European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was about to be sidelined by EU leaders in a bid to break the deadlock in trade talks, as reported by British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. Twisting a famous British war slogan, European affairs minister Clement Beaune tweeted on Saturday: "Keep calm and support Michel Barnier".

Mexico rejects ex-President Calderon's bid to register new political party
World

Mexico rejects ex-President Calderon's bid to register new political party

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE) has denied former President Felipe Calderon's bid to register his Free Mexico movement as a new political party, saying some of its funding was questionable.