A survivor of this month's deadly Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, filed Thursday against game publisher Electronic Arts, as well as the tournament site, claiming they were unable to provide enough security to prevent the tragedy. 19659002] Plaintiff, Jacob Mitich, was among the 11 participants shot and injured by gunman David Katz during the attack, leaving two dead. He suits Electronic Arts, GLHF Game Bar and Jacksonville Landing Mall development for negligence.
"Like many of his friends, Jacob Mitich traveled to Jacksonville this weekend to do what he loved. He trusted the event host and the organizers, believing he entered a safe room, said Mitit's lawyer, James Young, in filing . "This confidence was broken when the shots rang out in a crowded since the closure, not allowed space. "
" In combination with an alleged unnecessary insufficient security, the result was tragic. We bring this lawsuit to keep the responsible responsible and to ensure that players like Jake are able to come together to pursue their passion without fear of their lives, "Young said.
Mitich claims that his injuries are from the shootings influenced his ability to earn money as a competitive player. Apart from injuries, Mitich asks for an order that will require Electronic Arts to revolutionize their security protocols before they hold future events.
The company canceled three scheduled qualifying tournaments for Madden competitors after the shooting, pending a review of safety practices. Electronic Arts also donated $ 1
"At this point, we are fully focused on supporting the victims and all those affected by this tragic event," said Electronic Arts in a statement that dealt with the lawsuit.
In an unrelated development, Electronic Arts fell about 2 percent in trading on Friday after the company delayed the release of its long-awaited "Battlefield V" video game by four weeks.