Jacksonville victims to be honoured with charity Madden tournament tomorrow

Muthead League scraps plans for season six in favour of raising money for tribute fund

Muthead League, an organisation that specialises in Madden Ultimate Team tournaments, is hosting a charity event this weekend in honour of those affected by the Jacksonville shooting in August.

The group has scrapped its plans for a sixth season in the league and instead decided to host a one-off tournament on Saturday, October 6th, reports.

The $10,000 originally set aside for the competition will be donated to the families of the victims, while livestream coverage of the event will be used to encourage further donations to the Jacksonville Tribute Fund that Electronic Arts set up in the wake of the tragedy. The Madden publisher has already contributed $1 million to the fund.

"Following the tragic events at the Jacksonville MCS event, we didn't feel right moving forward with Muthead League Season 6 as planned," the organisation said. "The overwhelming feedback from the competitive players that we were in contact with was that they didn't want to let this tragedy stop the community from doing what we love: playing Madden."

Two lives were lost during the August shooting - Elijah "TrueBoy" Clayton and Taylor "SpotMePlzz" Robertson - while several other people were injured. One such victim is actually suing Electronic Arts, the venue and various other parties involved for negligence.

Muthead has partnered with Curse Entertainment and Mavs Gaming to run the event, with Curse's director of marketing Kacey Mast telling GameDaily: "Some of us had personal or professional relationships with the victims, and many more watched TrueBoy and SpotMePlzzz compete at the highest levels of Madden over the past several years.

"The community has come together on Muthead's forums, in Twitch chat, and on Twitter to talk and help each other heal."

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.9 months ago
Our local gaming community in Jacksonville has been very pleased with the industry response regarding the tragedy.
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