Taylor Robertson and Elijah Clayton — two of the competitors playing “Madden NFL 19” at Chicago Pizza in Jacksonville, Fla. — died after 24-year-old David Katz opened fire with a hand gun.
Twelve others were wounded by gunshot before Katz, a fellow gamer who had been eliminated from the competition earlier in the day, took his own life, police said.
Wilson said in his statement: “I know many of us, myself included, are filled with shock and grief. Our teams have been working non-stop to do what we can to respond to this terrible situation.”
The tournament was the first of four scheduled qualifying events sanctioned by EA Sports to determine the playing field of the Madden Classic, a tournament with a top prize of $25,000, in October.
The other qualifiers were scheduled to take place next month at eSports Arena in Santa Ana, Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va., and Java Gaming Cafe in Carrollton, Texas.