EA donates $1m to Jacksonville shooting victims

EA donates $1m to Jacksonville shooting victims

Games publishing giant Electronic Arts has set up a fund for those affected by last week's shooting in Jacksonville Florida.

In a post on its website, the company said that the events of last weekend will "impact the gaming community forever" and that it was making a $1m contribution in order to support those affected by this atrocity.

"The events last weekend in Jacksonville will impact the gaming community forever," the company wrote.

"We can’t begin to understand the pain so many are going through, nor do we pretend to have all the answers that will help us through the healing process.

"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.

"So today, we’re establishing the Jacksonville Tribute.

"First, we’re making a $1 million contribution to support the victims of last Sunday’s events. We’re also working to set up a fund where others can contribute alongside our donation, and we will come back very soon with further details. Contributions will go to the victims, including the families of Taylor Robertson, Elijah Clayton, and all those who were affected.

"We would also like to help by bringing the gaming community together, and uniting in play, through the Jacksonville Tribute Livestream next Thursday, September 6. 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. We’re already working with many of you to help make this happen through the livestream."

The shooting at the Madden Classic qualifier led to EA cancelling the remaining competitions for the time being.

Other events including E3, PAX and GDC have been among the games event responding to security concerns in the wake of the Jacksonville shooting.

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