Jacksonville Madden tournament aimed by the shooter was early in the qualification



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The “Madden NFL 19” video-game tournament, where researchers believe that Katz killed two people and wounded several others before killing himself was the first of several qualifying events where the nation’s top gamers compete for the title of Madden Bowl champion.

The two-day Madden Classic qualifier in Jacksonville Landing attracted 256 players from across the country to face off at the controls of the classic football video game. The top two finishers were to receive places in the round of 16 at the Madden Classic main event will take place in Las Vegas in October.

In addition to the Jacksonville event, Madden Classic qualifications were due to be held Sept. 1 and 2 in Dulles, Virginia; Sept. 15 and 16 in Santa Ana, California.; and Sept. 22 and 23, in Carrollton, Texas. The status of these events was not clear in the wake of Sunday’s shooting.

On the Madden Classic live final, 516 players were to compete for a share of the $165,000 prize pool. According to EA Sports website, the top 72-winners will receive prizes ranging from $500 to $25,000, while the winner and the runner-up would be automatically placed in the round of 16 at the Madden Bowl this coming April.

At the Madden Bowl, 16 of the best “Madden” players compete for a prize pool of $200,000 and a championship belt in the style of those awarded to boxers.

In a statement late Sunday, EA Sports called the shooting “a senseless act of violence which we strongly condemn.

“Our most sincere condolences go out to the families of the victims whose lives today and those who were injured,” spokesman Brad Hilderbrand said. “All of us here at Electronic Arts have been affected by this horrific event, and we also join the community in thanking the first responders who quickly on the scene.

“Our focus now is on the people affected and the support of the law enforcement as they continue their investigation into this offence.”

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