EA has cancelled the three remaining Madden Classic qualifying events in the wake of the August 26 shooting at a competitive Madden event in Jacksonville, Florida, where a competitor shot and killed two other players. 11 others were wounded during the shooting, nine with gunshot injuries, before the gunman took his own life.
In a statement released today, via the company’s website, EA CEO Andrew Wilson expressed his shock and grief in the wake of the incident.
“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,” said Wilson. “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.