The remaining qualifier events for the Madden Classic, the first major Madden tournament of the current season, have been cancelled by Electronic Arts (EA) until safety protocols can be reassessed for participating players in wake of the recent mass Jacksonville shooting tragedy.
In a statement published on the official website earlier today, chief executive officer Andrew Wilson shared that the “horrific and senseless act of violence” has filled everyone with nothing but shock and grief.
Taylor “SpotMePlzzz” Robertson and Elijah “TrueBoy” Clayton lost their lives on Sunday when another participant, identified as David Katz, opened fire after reportedly being knocked out of the competitive gaming event.
At least ten others were injured in the hail of bullets, and resulting stampede, before the shooter killed himself with his own handgun.
“We are committed to supporting Taylor and Elijah’s families through this difficult time, and we send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones, to those injured yesterday, and everyone affected,” said Wilson.
There are still three remaining qualifier events for the Madden Classic championship that have been put on a hiatus for the time being without any suggestion of taking place at a later date.
Such qualifier events are normally operated by independent tournament organizers or partners. EA will now be working closely with them to focus on safety and security aspects.
“We have made a decision to cancel our three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events while we run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators,” confirmed Wilson. “We will work with our partners and our internal teams to establish a consistent level of security at all of our competitive gaming events.”
Besides the Madden Classic tournament, EA has also decided to delay the gameplay showcasing of Battlefield V. Activision, another publishing giant, has similarly put any further reveals of Destiny 2 on hold in solidarity with the victims.