On August 26, a shooter at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Florida opened fire at the event, wounding 11 people and killing two, Taylor Robertson, 29, and Elijah Clayton, 22. This weekend, the organisers of Muthead, an independent Madden league, are holding a charity tournament to raise money for and honour the victims of the mass shooting.
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Electronic Arts, the publisher of the Madden series of football games, has established a fund for — and made a sizeable donation to — the families of those affected by the tragic shooting at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville on the weekend.
Citing a need to review security plans, Electronic Arts is cancelling the three remaining qualifying events for its Madden NFL 19 tournament after two players were killed at one in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday local time. Other esports organisations are also talking more about security for their events.
Last year, Madden NFL 18 featured the series' first-ever story mode, "Longshot." It took four years to make, featured the acting talents of Moonlight's Mahershala Ali and Friday Night Lights' Scott Porter and broke up its poignant cutscenes with interactive dialogue trees, practice challenges and football games.