The two victims killed at a “Madden NFL 19” tournament have been identified as the winner of last year’s Madden Classic competition and a former high school football player who won tens of thousands of dollars playing his favorite video game. Taylor Robertson, a 27-year-old from Giles, West Virginia, and Eli Clayton, a 22-year-old from Woodland Hills, California, were both shot and killed by a gunman in Jacksonville, Florida, at a Madden NFL 19 qualifier event.
Robertson was identified by Dot City Gaming, the professional esports team of which he was a member. The team mourned both victims of Sunday’s shooting.
“They were great competitors and well-loved members of the Madden community,” the team tweeted. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to their families, loved ones, and all of those affected by this tragedy.”
Robertson, known by his gaming handle “SpotMePlzzz,” won $80,500 over the course of his professional gaming career, according to his EASports.com profile. He took home the Madden Classic championship in 2016.
In a YouTube video posted by EA Sports, Robertson said he had played Madden NFL since he was 10 and started playing competitively a few years ago.
Derek Jones, a fellow gamer who lost to Robertson in 2016, said his onetime rival was “one of the nicest people I ever met.”
“There’s no way that guy did anything to deserve to get shot,” Jones said, who went to the Florida tournament from Santa Fe, New Mexico. “He’s got a family at home, and he just came out here to try to win some money for this family.”
Shay Kivlen is another gamer friend who had known Robertson for about five years and had seen him about six times a year at various gaming tournaments.
“He was one of the kindest people, most genuine guys I’ve ever met,” Kivlen said. “He was super real, and that’s what I loved about him. If he was happy, you knew he was happy. He wore his emotions on his sleeve.”
Kivlen had left the tournament Sunday to take a nap at his hotel about 20 minutes…