In the wake of the Jacksonville tragedy, EA has announced their plans to support the victims. They are donating $1 million to the victims and their families, opening up a fund for others to donate, and hosting a livesteam event to commemorate the Madden NFL family.
Wednesday evening, EA released an official announcement about their plans to help the victims of the Jacksonville shooting, a tragic event that left three dead, including the shooter, who had a history of mental illness, and eleven injured. EA’s announcement says:
…Our community inspires us. The way you are coming together, and the outpouring of support for all those affected by this tragedy, is incredibly uplifting. We want to join you.
So today, we’re establishing the Jacksonville Tribute.
First, we’re making a $1 million contribution to support the victims of last Sunday’s events. We’re also working to set up a fund where others can contribute alongside our donation, and we will come back very soon with further details. Contributions will go to the victims, including the families of Taylor Robertson, Elijah Clayton, and all those who were affected.
We would also like to help by bringing the gaming community together, and uniting in play, through the Jacksonville Tribute Livestream next Thursday, September 6. We’ve heard from so many of you that you would like to support the victims, and to show that this horrific event will not define us, but only serve to make our community stronger. We’re already working with many of you to help make this happen through the livestream.
EA will have more concrete details about the fund and the Jacksonville Tribute Livestream sometime soon. In the meantime, EA has cancelled the three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events while they re-evaluate safety protocols and security for their events.
The announcement was also posted on Twitter:
— #WeAreMadden (@EAMaddenNFL) August 30, 2018