Game Companies Pay Their Respects To Victims Of Jacksonville Shooting

Earlier this week the world was rocked by the news of a shooting which took place during a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, USA. 

Whilst the shooter, who killed himself, has now been given a name and a face, we are choosing to focus on the victims of this tragedy, and those in the gaming community who have stepped forward to show their support. 

As Twitter flooded with tributes, gaming giants including EA, Bethesda, Square Enix and more posted their shock at the murders. 

Square Enix tweeted: “The Square Enix family would like to extend our deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic events in Jacksonville.  

“The video game community has always been a strong pillar of support and now, more than ever is the time for us to unify against such senseless violence.” 

Marvel Games also tweeted the following: “We stand with our gaming community and express profound sympathy for everyone affected by the tragic events in Jacksonville.” 

Bethesda offered its support to the community, writing: “We share our deepest sympathies to the victims and the Jacksonville community.  

“Gaming brings us all together & we will support efforts from the @EA family however we can.” 

Others are working to raise funds for those affected, including the people at OpTic Gaming, who will be running a Madden charity live stream. 

The CEO of EA, Andrew Wilson, posted an emotional statement to the EA website, where he commended the talents of two of the people who lost their lives. 

He wrote: “it is an unthinkable tragedy that Taylor Robertson and Elijah Clayton, two of our top Madden competitors, lost their lives in this way.  

“They were respected, positive and skilled competitors, the epitome of the players and personalities at the heart of our community.  Their love of competition was evident through their participation in our events over the past few years.   

“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.”