Some of you may be aware of the Jacksonville mass shooting which occurred a few days ago, where sadly two innocent people were killed and 11 others injured in a shooting at a Madden Esports Qualifier. Alongside this the event was live streamed at the time, meaning that the events had unfolded in front of a live audience, causing them considerable distress. More information about what happened can be found here.
The event has caused a reaction by many in the Esports community. Andrew Wilson of EA released the following statement:
"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."
Event organiser Dreamhack, hosting the Dreamhack Masters tournament in Stockholm this week, also released a statement regarding their event security: