Survivor of 'Madden NFL' Shooting Sues EA
Jacob Mitich, who competed in the event and was shot twice, filed the lawsuit with firm Morgan & Morgan on Thursday.
One of the survivors of Sunday's fatal shooting at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida, during a sanctioned Madden NFL 19 e-sports tournament has filed a lawsuit against game publisher EA, the bar and Jacksonville Landing LLC, among others.
Jacob Mitich, who competed at Sunday's event and survived the shooting after being shot twice, is represented by the law firm Morgan & Morgan. The suit was filed in the Circuit Court of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Duval County, Florida.
“Like many of his friends, Jacob Mitich traveled to Jacksonville last weekend to do what he loved. He trusted the event host and organizers, and believed that he was walking into a safe space," attorney James Young of Morgan & Morgan said. "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. We are bringing this lawsuit to hold those responsible accountable, and to ensure that gamers like Jake are able to get together to pursue their passion without having to fear for their lives.”
Mitich is suing on the grounds of negligence on the parts of EA, the bar and the related Chicago Pizza & Sports Grille, as well as the management companies of the Jacksonville Landing area of downtown Jacksonville.
“As a direct and proximate result of the negligence of Defendant EA, the Plaintiff, Jacob Mitich, suffered bodily injury in and about his body and extremities, resulting in pain and suffering…loss of earnings, loss of the ability to earn money and/or a diminished earning capacity,” the lawsuit claims.
The suit seeks an injunction that orders EA to fully vet future venues to “ensure the safety of participants.”
EA responded to the shooting earlier this week, promising to "work with our partners and our internal teams to establish a consistent level of security at all of our competitive gaming events." They also canceled planned Madden NFL 19 qualifying events in the future.
On Thursday, EA announced it would be donating $1 million to victims' families and also set up the Jacksonville Tribute fund to raise money for those affected by the shooting.
The lawsuit can be read in full here.