One of the Victims of the Madden Esports Shooting is Suing EA

We’re returning to a story that continues to have more developments every few days at this point, that is the Madden esports shooting in Jacksonville, Florida. The latest news is that one of the shooting victims is suing EA along with a whole list of others for negligence.

Jacob Mitich was shot twice during the shooting and is now seeking damages against EA, the Chicago Pizza venue, the Jacksonville Landing Mall where the Chicago Pizza is located, and five other unnamed defendants. The suit alleges that the venue was unsafe and that EA failed to provide a safe and secure environment, amongst other complaints.

In a statement that accompanied the lawsuit, it was stated, “He trusted the event host and organizers, and believed that he was walking into a safe space. That trust was shattered when shots rang out in an over-crowded, since-shut-down, non-permitted space. Combined with an alleged abject failure to provide adequate security, the result was tragic. We are bringing this lawsuit to hold those responsible accountable, and to ensure that gamers like Jake are able to get together to pursue their passion without having to fear for their lives.”

In the lawsuit, attorneys describe Jacksonville Landing, the mall where the event was taking place as “a hub of dangerous, violent and too often, deadly activity.” It then goes on to cite stabbings and shootings that have happened at the mall in recent years. It also goes into detail about Mitich’s experience during the shooting and him recalling that he believed at the time that he was going to die. The lawsuit doesn’t specify an amount that he’s seeking.

This comes just days after EA announced that they would be donating $1 million to the shooting victims as well as opening the Jacksonville Tribute Fund which will go directly to victims and their families. On September 6th EA will be hosting a charity livestream where players can help with the efforts to raise money.

If you’re interested in reading more about the aftermath of this tragic event have a look at the two news posts linked below. We will continue to follow this story and publish more updates as they are revealed.

 

$1 Million Donated by EA to Jacksonville Shooting Victims
3 Dead 11 Injured in Madden 19 Esports Shooting

 

Source: Kotaku

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$1 Million Donated by EA to Jacksonville Shooting Victims

After the chilling events that took place this past Sunday at a Madden 19 esports event, Electronic Arts has stepped up to the plate in a big way. The company has opened a Jacksonville Tribute fund for victims of the attack and has donated $1 million to get things started.

jacksonville tribute fund

The donation and subsequent fund will be going directly to the victims and families of those who were affected by the attack, including the families of Elijah Clayton and Taylor Robertson. Additional details on how people can contribute to the fund will be shared at a later time. Until such details are provided, EA will also be hosting a charity livestream next Thursday, September 6th where players can help the effort.

“We’ve heard from so many of you that you’d like to support the victims, and to show that this horrific event will not define us, but only serve to make our community stronger,” explains the post. “The way you are coming together, and the outpouring of support for all those affected by this tragedy, is incredibly uplifting.”

Timing for this charity stream is expected at some point soon as well. You’re advised to keep an eye on the Madden NFL Twitter account for all the latest if you’d like to help.

Our Thoughts

For all the static Electronic Arts gets for being the worst company for video games, we have to say that it has really risen to the occasion when it really, truly matters. We’re eager to see this tribute fund raise lots and lots of money to help the victims of Jacksonville.

Source: Twitter

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