Jacksonville shooting survivor is suing EA

Jacksonville shooting survivor is suing EA

One of the survivors of last week's shooting at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Florida is taking legal action against EA.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Jacob Mitich has filed a lawsuit in Duval County, Florida's Circuit Court of the Fourth Judicial Circuit against EA and six other parties including the bar that hosted the event a well as the Jacksonville Landing management companies.

Mitich survived the shooting at a Madden esports competition last week that claimed the lives of three people including the shooter.

"Like many of his friends, Jacob Mitich travelled to Jacksonville last weekend to do what he loved," Morgan & Morgan attorney James Young said.

"He trusted the event host and organisers 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."

In the wake of this horrific event, EA has cancelled all future planned Madden esports events. In addition, the publishing giant has set up a fund for the survivors and donated $1m.

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