The tragic events during a Madden NFL Classic qualifier which took place in Jacksonville, Florida, took the lives of two contestants and left multiple others injured in the shooting. The gaming world was shocked due to the events that transpired and EA cancelled the remaining qualifiers as their first reaction.
Then, the mega-publisher took things further, donating $1 million to the Jacksonville shooting victims and others affected, while planning a Jacksonville Tribute Livestream that takes place this coming Thursday, 6 September 2018. Now, the story continues, as one of the victims is suing EA and the venue for negligence as reported by Kotaku.
Jacob Mitich is one of the survivors who was shot twice during the tragic events and he is seeking damages (exact amount unknown at the time of writing) against multiple defendants, including EA, Chicago Pizza (where the tournament took place) as well as the Jacksonville Mall. A statement from Mr Mitich’s lawyer, James Young, reads:
“Like many of his friends, Jacob Mitich travelled to Jacksonville last weekend to do what he loved. 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.” – Source
Basically, the lawsuit claims that the venue was unsafe and that EA “failed to provide a safe and secure environment.”
The mega-publisher issued a short response to Kotaku, stating that: “At this time, we are fully focused on supporting the victims and all those affected by this tragic event.”
Keep in mind that these qualifiers were handled and operated by independent partners and not by EA. It remains to be seen what will come of this lawsuit, but we will keep you up to date with any new news with regards to this matter.
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