EA to donate $1 million to families of Jacksonville shooting victims


Electronic Arts will donate $1 million to the families of the victims of the recent shooting at a Madden NFL tournament in Jacksonville, as well as establishing a victim support fund and running a supporting livestream. 

In a post on Twitter, EA said: “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.” 

In a message to the Madden community, EA Sports’ Matt Marcou paid heartfelt tribute to victims Taylor Robertson and Elijah Clayton, and added: “I also want to reiterate Andrew’s statement that we are cancelling the Madden Classic qualifiers.  We need the time to review with our partners, internal teams, and the Madden community our best paths forward. The following is certain: the Madden NFL Championship Series will return. We love this game and this community.  We are confident we will return stronger as we move forward in building competitive Madden together. #WeAreMadden” 

For further details regarding the Jacksonville Tribute fund and the September 6 livestream, keep your eye on this webpage.

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Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.