Survivor of shooting at Madden tournament in Jacksonville files lawsuit against EA

One of the survivors of the Jacksonville, FL shooting is suing Madden developer Electronic Arts as well as the event's venue for allegedly failing to provide proper security.

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Senseless violence reared its ugly head just earlier this week when a gunman opened fire at a Madden NFL 19 tournament being held at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida. Baltimore native David Katz ultimately wound up killing two gamers and injuring several more before taking his own life. Now, one of the survivors of the attack is suing Electronic Arts, the developer and publisher of Madden, as well as the venue itself, for allegedly neglecting to ensure participants' safety.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit has been filed by Jacob Mitich, a participant in the tournament who was shot twice by the gunman. The suit was filed in Circuit Court of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Duval County, Florida, and seeks an injunction that would "[order] EA to fully vet future venues to 'ensure the safety of participants.'"

Attorney James Young of Morgan and Morgan is quoted in the Hollywood Reporter story providing some background into Mitich's case:

“Like many of his friends, Jacob Mitich traveled to Jacksonville last weekend to do what he loved," Young said. "He trusted the event host and organizers, and believed that he was walking into a safe space. That trust was shattered when shots rang out in an overcrowded, since-shut-down, non-permitted space. Combined with an alleged abject failure to provide adequate security, the result was tragic."

Earlier this week, EA was quoted as saying they intend to "work with [their] partners and [...] internal teams to establish a consistent level of security at all of [the company's] competitive gaming events." Part of that plan involved canceling future Madden NFL 19 qualifiers. The developer and publisher also announced that it would donate $1 million dollars to the victims' families, and would open the Jacksonville Tribute Fund to public contributions.

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      August 31, 2018 2:54 PM

      What a fucking asshole, people died and he wants to make money out of it :(

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        August 31, 2018 3:11 PM

        The dude was shot twice.

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          August 31, 2018 3:42 PM

          Getting shot does get expensive.

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          August 31, 2018 3:51 PM

          While that sucks (but not as much as the dead guys) I'm not sure that EA or even the venue are reasonable targets, here.

          Unless some info comes up about it, that's like me suing a restaurant because some guy ran in the front door with a gun. We simply can't have (and wouldn't want) security protocols like that for every venue.

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            August 31, 2018 4:00 PM

            Anyone ever try to sue a gun store for selling a person a gun like often happens with families of victims of drunk driver sue bars?

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              August 31, 2018 5:10 PM

              That was a great episode of Law & Order where McCoy went after the manufacturer of the Tech 9 9mm semi auto hi capacity pistol which was super easy to convert to full auto by filing down one part.

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              August 31, 2018 6:09 PM

              Unlike gun stores, EA doesn’t want people to associate Madden with this murder. They are striking while it’s still in the headlines to further their hopes that EA wants it all over with and will settle to keep it out of the news cycle. It’s basically extortion and it all comes down to how EA wants to manage the PR. The lawsuit on its face is likely to fail if it goes further. Commence the game of chicken.

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        August 31, 2018 4:15 PM

        uhhhhh ok

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      August 31, 2018 3:46 PM

      EA is already paying him, talk about double-dipping.

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      August 31, 2018 5:05 PM

      It’s not EA’s fault :/

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      August 31, 2018 6:06 PM

      Always go for the deep pockets I guess.

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      August 31, 2018 6:08 PM

      It's like USA mad libs