Esports Shooting Survivor Files Lawsuit, Vegas Arena Reviews Security
A survivor from the tragic mass shooting at an esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida is suing the game developer and the venue. Meanwhile, Millennial Esports Arena in downtown Las Vegas announced that is doubling down on security in light of the shooting.
Jacob Mitch, 23, was shot in the leg as he fled the crowded Jacksonville pizza parlor that hosted the Madden tournament on Sunday. He also lost close friend Taylor Robertson, 28, who was fatally shot while watching Mitch compete in his second round of the tournament.
Robertson and Mitch were two of the 13 people shot at the event. Three died, including shooter David Katz. During the days Mitch should have been beginning the fall semester of college, he was receiving treatment for a gunshot wound and hiring Attorney James Young of Morgan & Morgan.
The lawsuit alleges multiple counts of negligence on the part of Madden publisher Electronic Arts, the mall where the event was held, and the restaurant that held the event. It points out that organizers failed to secure an off-duty officer for the event and seeks relief from EA.
According to the filing, EA failed to inform the competitors about the venue, failed to notify local law enforcement about the event, and did not provide adequate security. The lawsuit includes similar security allegations against the mall and restaurant. While a private security guard employed by the mall was on duty, her location was unknown at the time of the shooting.
In Las Vegas, Millennial Esports Arena says it is adding bag checks, security cameras, and police presence for future esports events.