During a shootout in the tournament Madden NFL 19 video game, held in Jacksonville (Florida), at least four people were killed
A shootout during the Madden NFL 19 football game championship at Jacksonville Landing, a shopping, entertainment and shopping mall, has left at least four people dead and 11 injured, according to the Miami Herald.
Leer en español: Al menos cuatro personas murieron durante un torneo de videojuegos
According to the statements of Sheriff Mike William during a brief press conference, the killer died at the scene of the crime and there is no other active suspect at the time. "We have a suspect in this case who has died on the scene, he is a white man and we are still working to confirm his identity," he said.
At the moment it is believed that the attacker was a tournament participant who lost the game before opening fire on the assistants and later committing suicide.
According to the CBS newspaper, there were 150 people involved in the two-day event, including players, who were competing for the opportunity to play in Las Vegas the final round, and spectators.
"This is your chance to win your place in the first Major live finals that will take place in October 2018," says the Facebook page of the event. "Do not hesitate to secure your place!"
In this regard, the company EA Sports, distributor of the game, expressed its sadness about the events in Jacksonville and expressed that it is working with the authorities to collect information. "This is a horrible situation, and our deepest condolences go to everyone involved," the company said.
This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.- Electronic Arts (@EA) August 26, 2018
For its part, the National Football League, issued a statement saying he was "shocked and deeply saddened by the horrible tragedy" in Jacksonville. "We support our EA Sports partners and will continue to monitor developments with the application of local law."
OFFICIAL NFL STATEMENT:- NFL (@NFL) August 26, 2018
We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy today in Jacksonville. Our hearts went out to all those affected. (1/2)
We are grateful for the first responders immediately on the scene. We support our partners at EA Sports and will continue to monitor developments with local law enforcement. (2/2)- NFL (@NFL) August 26, 2018
It is hoped that this unfortunate event will return to the US agenda the debate on the Second Amendment, which includes the right to arms, because in February of this year 17 people died and another 17 were injured in a shooting at a high school in Parkland , north of Miami.
Boom of eSports
The competition, which was being broadcast by Twitch, had a large number of viewers who were responsible for uploading to the social networks the video where approximately thirteen shots are heard.
Currently, according to europe press, this type of events manage to gather up to more than 90 thousand spectators per game and it is estimated that by 2019 their revenues will reach 1,500 million.
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Translated from: 'Al menos cuatro personas murieron durante un torneo de videojuegos'