Electronic Arts (EA), the gaming company that makes the Madden NFL video game, announced that it is donating $1 million to the victims of Sunday’s shooting in Jacksonville, Florida.
Two people died and nine people were injured in a shooting during a “Madden NFL 19” tournament Sunday at an entertainment area in downtown Jacksonville.
“The events last weekend in Jacksonville will impact the gaming community forever,” EA said in a statement. “But as is so often the case, 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.”
In addition to pledging $1 million to the victims of the shooting, EA said it would set up a fund to encourage others to donate. The company said it is also hosting a Jacksonville Tribute Livestream on Sept. 6 to honor the victims.
“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.”
Following Sunday’s shooting, the NFL offered a statement supporting EA.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy today in Jacksonville. Our hearts go out to all those affected,” the league said in a Sunday statement. “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,” the statement continued.
The suspect in the shooting died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to authorities.
A separate crowdfunding effort had raised more than $37,000 for the victims’ families as of Thursday afternoon.
Via: The Hill