Efter skyderiet i Jacksonville, Florida, der efterlod to dræbte og 11 sårede, har EA CEO Andrew Wilson meddelt, at de resterede events i Madden 19 Championship er aflyst og turneringen sat på pause.

Det sker blandt andet for at få styr på sikkerheden omkring sådanne events, så lignende situationer kan blive forhindret. Herunder er hele meddelelsen fra Andrew Wilson:

To Our Players and the Gaming Community,

I wanted to share some thoughts about the horrific and senseless act of violence that occurred in Jacksonville at the Madden competitive gaming event.  I know many of us, myself included, are filled with shock and grief.  Our teams have been working non-stop to do what we can to respond to this terrible situation.

First and foremost, 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.

The event was a qualifying tournament for the Madden Classic, our first Madden EA Major competition of this season.  While these qualifying events are operated independently by partners, we work with them to ensure competitive integrity and to gather feedback from players.  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.  We will work with our partners and our internal teams to establish a consistent level of security at all of our competitive gaming events.

We’ve all been deeply affected by what took place in Jacksonville.  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.  Please take time to support each other through this challenging time.

Andrew Wilson
CEO, Electronic Arts

Polygon har en længere og meget informativ artikel om hændelsen, hvor vi blandt andet kan læse, at gerningsmanden, den 24-årige David Katz, havde to lovligt anskaffe våben på sig, og at han tidligere havde været indlagt to gange som teenager i forbindelse med psykiske problemer.

Set udefra kunne det for nogle virke logisk, at amerikanerne kiggede lidt på både deres våbenlovgivning og deres psykatriske behandlingssystem … og lidt på hvordan tidligere psykiske syges adgang til våben bør håndteres. Det var bare en tanke.

4 KOMMENTARER

  1. EA må så gøre myndighedernes arbejde; sørge for at der ikke kommer våben med ind til sådanne arrangementer.

    Guds land, min bare røv!

  2. Men hvorfor aflyse de resterende madden events? burde man ikke køre på for at vise at meningsløst galskab ikke skaber resultater?

    Kan da heller ikke tænke på en bedre måde at ære dem som døde, og gerningsmanden kommer jo næppe igen til de andre events.

  3. #3 Det er blandt andet for at kigge på sikkerheden ved sådanne events. I et land med sådan en våbenlov og sådan et behandlingssystem af psykisk syge er det desværre en realitet, at selv mindre gamer-events skal have sikkerhedsforanstaltninger … åbenbart