SoCal Regionals, Canada Cup, and Evo all planning to increase event security following the shooting at GLHF Game Bar in Florida

By on August 27, 2018 at 9:15 am
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Deaths and injuries at a gaming event in Jacksonville raise the question of how to ensure the safety of future tournament attendees.

In the wake of Sunday’s tragic shooting at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida — that claimed two lives and left nearly a dozen others with injuries after a competitor in a Madden 19 event opened fire during a tournament — FGC tournament organizers are pledging to increase security at upcoming events. Level Up Series promises additional security and metal detectors will be in place at the upcoming SoCal Regionals 2018 in September, while Canada Cup Gaming’s Lap Chi Duong also has indicated plans for increased security at October’s Canada Cup 2018 at EGLX in Toronto.

Evo director Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar has also promised increased security for next year’s Evo event:

The shooting has hit close to home for the fighting game community, leaving many players rattled, saddened, and concerned about safety at future tournaments — not to mention bringing to prominence the ongoing question of how to combat gun violence in the USA.

GoFundMe page has also been launched to aid those affected with the medical or funeral costs that follow in the wake of this tragedy.

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Sources: CNN; Google; Level Up Series (Twitter); Jimmy Nguyen (Twitter)Lap Chi Duong (Twitter); Joey Cuellar (Twitter); UltraDavid (Twitter); TheHadou (Twitter)James Chen (Twitter); GoFundMe Editor-in-Chief. Street Fighterin' since there was only a "II" in the title.