A Twitch livestream from a Madden 19 video game tournament in Jacksonville appears to have captured the fatal shooting in an extremely harrowing video.
Video gamers were gathered at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday for a tournament of the popular NFL-themed videogame. A Twitch livestream, which airs streams of videogames for spectators to watch simultaneously from different locations around the world, showed two gamers facing each other in the game. Suddenly a loud pop is heard in the background, followed by a few more. A few seconds later, the two players who were facing each other in the game disconnect, presumably to hide.
Multiple screams can be heard in the background (video here if you can handle it).
All together, about a dozen shots were fired. They came one at a time, likely indicating the perpetrator was not using an automatic firearm.
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It’s become routine for professional athletes to complain about their video game ratings. Whether it’s NFL players feeling slighted by Madden or NBA players feeling slighted by the 2K series, every year someone gets a bit hot under the collar.
Here in 2018, that distinction goes to Atlanta Hawks rookie Trae Young, who subtly expressed his displeasure in an NBA 2K19 rating of 77 — a rating that is very much in the wheelhouse for most rookies.
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) August 8, 2018
While Young did dominate in his one and only college season, averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game for Oklahoma, he has been repeatedly questioned about his size (6-foot-2) and what it will mean for him against NBA competition.
During Summer League play, Young showed flashes of brilliance, but he also struggled at times and couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Along with his aforementioned size, that’s likely why Young was given a sub-80 rating by those at Visual Concepts and 2K Sports.
Of course, if Young goes out and lights the basketball world on fire, it won’t be long before his rating rapidly increases.
EA Sports apologized on Thursday over a Colin Kaepernick-related edit that appeared in their “Madden 19” video game.
Rapper Big Sean caused a controversy when he tweeted Thursday that EA had removed Kaepernick’s name from a verse on a track he recorded for the game.
It’s disappointing and appalling @NFL & @EA took @Kaepernick7’s name out of my verse on Big Bank for Madden 19, like it was a curse word. When he's not a curse, he's a gift! Nobody from my team approved any of this.
— Sean Don (@BigSean) August 2, 2018
After the story went viral, the video game company issued a statement about the matter in which they said they made a mistake and vowed to fix it.
“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks.
“We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.”
Their statement won’t change the minds of those who believe the edit was made due to Kaepernick’s political agenda, but at least all can acknowledge that EA is working quickly to fix the issue.
Normally when an athlete is upset about their video game counterpart, it’s because they think their rating is unfair. That’s not the case with Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford.
Crawford was not pleased with Madden 19’s portrayal of him — particularly his gut — and made quite clear on Twitter that this would not do.
YO @EAMaddenNFL we need to have a talk. This is unacceptable. Forget my stats. What’s up with the photo? Who on your staff felt it ok to make my body look like humpty-dumpty? I DEMAND A REVIEW! pic.twitter.com/WgL3sMjlvi
— Tyrone Crawford ???????? (@TCrawford98) July 23, 2018
— Tyrone Crawford ???????? (@TCrawford98) July 23, 2018
To be fair, judging by the photo, Crawford has a point. Clearly, the Madden developers agreed.
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) July 23, 2018
Crawford can take solace in the fact that, no matter how badly he was portrayed here, they still did a better job than the makers of this video game did.
PK Subban will grace the cover of the latest edition of EA Sports’ popular hockey video game.
It was revealed during this year’s NHL Awards on Wednesday that the Nashville Predators defenseman received the nod to appear on the cover of NHL 19.
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 21, 2018
Subban took the stage at the ceremony to talk about the honor and expressed thoughts that him being on the cover represents the “growth in the game and embracing of different personalities.”
— Jim Chandler (@JimChandler1075) June 21, 2018
Subban has twice been named an All-Star and took home the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top defense player, in 2013. In addition to being one of the league’s more talented (and controversial) players on the ice, he has shown immense talent away from it as well. During this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, Subban provided commentary during NBC’s broadcast coverage. Subban is certainly a person worth marketing to promote the NHL, and EA Sports is doing just that.
- PK Subban
Tyreek Hill is arguably the most explosive player in the NFL, but the creators the latest edition of the long-running “Madden” video game feel he is not the fastest. The Chiefs wide receiver has a serious issue with that, and he insists it is going to be addressed.
In an appearance on PFT Live Friday, Hill was asked how his speed rating in “Madden 18” is only a 97. He said he has no explanation but that he has spoken with someone at EA Sports about it.
“I have spoken to someone from EA,” Hill said. “They were like, ‘Hey, we’re gonna change it. We’re gonna change it.’ I have no idea. … I need my credit, you know what I’m saying? If I’m putting in the work, give me the results, baby. It’s only a matter of time. They’re gonna do it.”
For what it’s worth, no player has a 99 speed rating in the game. The only player listed as faster than Hill is Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross, who has a 98 rating. While Ross hardly played in 2017 because of injuries, the former Washington star posted the fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL Combine history, so that is hard to ignore.
If Hill has another season in 2018 like the one he had last year, perhaps “Madden” will give him a boost. Then again, we saw how Dez Bryant got trolled by the creators when he was unhappy with his rating.
The Atlanta Hawks continue to get disrespected both on and off the court.
Philadelphia 76ers star rookie Ben Simmons was livestreaming himself playing multiplayer online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (more popularly known as PUBG) on live video platform Twitch on Tuesday. During Simmons’ livestream, Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns, an avid gamer and popular Twitch user himself, hopped on with him.
As Towns arrived, Simmons tried to get them to run a game of PUBG together and told him, “We got time. Who do you play tomorrow?” When Towns said that the Wolves were playing the Hawks, an amused Simmons replied, “Yeah, you’ve got plenty of time.” Twitch user YURRZZ captured the funny clip.
The Hawks are indeed the worst team in the East this season at 21-53, so you can see where Simmons is coming from. But the Wolves, who are fighting for a playoff spot, cannot afford to take anything for granted, as opposed to the Sixers, who have already clinched. After all, Minnesota just had a humiliating loss to a similarly lousy team on Monday, so hopefully Towns didn’t stay up too late playing (despite the scheduled 7 PM tipoff against Atlanta).
H/T NBA Reddit