Gaming Community Warns Against False Link Between Video Games and Violence, Following Shooting at Madden Tournament - Dexerto

Gaming Community Warns Against False Link Between Video Games and Violence, Following Shooting at Madden Tournament

Published: 27/Aug/2018 9:10 Updated: 27/Aug/2018 10:40

by Calum Patterson


Following the tragic shooting at a Madden 19 qualifying tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, which left three dead and 14 injured, the gaming community has come together to support each other and those affected.

One of the main concerns is that there will be blame levelled at gaming itself for these violent acts, as has been seen previously with mass shootings in the United States.

In the aftermath of the Florida school shooting in February, two high profile US politicians blamed Call of Duty specifically for the violence. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said death was celebrated in video games, and that it was desensitizing people.

This time, with the incident taking place at a gaming tournament, there is almost an expectancy that more accusations of violence being directly caused by games and gamers.

YouTuber Daniel “KEEMSTAR” Keem warned that the gaming community would be “attacked”, and must be prepared to fight back.

The Gaming community needs to come together & FIGHT BACK!

We will be attacked in the coming days by the Mainstream media , Politicians , Political Pundits & the NRA with ” Video Games cause violence”


Esports journalist for ESPN, Jacob Wolf, also said that he was prepared in expectancy of ‘false narratives’.


Senior game designer for battle royale game H1Z1, Arclegger, made the point of video games being prevalent in almost every developed nation, showing that the violence cannot be directly attributed.


Analynn Dang, director of social media and community at Overwatch League team LA Gladiators, echoed these sentiments.


Co-owner of esports organization and gaming entertainment brand FaZe Clan, Ricky “Banks” Banks, accused the media of trying to tear the community apart.


Many other gamers and prominent figures in the community also expressed anger at the idea of video games directly causing violence.

Numerous studies have dismissed supposed links between games and violence as a “phantom”. A recent study, published in January 2018 by researchers at the University of York, addressed violent video games (VVG), and all forms of ‘antisocial effects’:

“Whilst early studies in this field may have suggested a strong relationship between VVG and antisocial effects, recent scholarship seems to imply that this effect is in fact a phantom”

Similarly a 2014 study, concluded that the existing evidence cannot support claims of violent games being harmful or ‘representing a public health crisis.’

“Empirical evidence regarding the impact of violent digital games on player aggression is, at best, mixed and cannot support unambiguous claims that such games are harmful or represent a public health crisis”

Of course, it should also be noted that Madden specifically is not a ‘violent’ video game at all, rather simply a football simulator.

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100 Thieves’ Tommey reveals footage of man stealing his new gaming chair

Published: 5/Dec/2020 12:44

by Joe Craven


Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren, ex-Call of Duty pro turned full time Warzone competitor for 100 Thieves, has had his brand new gaming chair stolen, after it was left outside the Airbnb at which he was staying. 

Tommey, who recently joined 100 Thieves as a member of their Warzone team, had a new gaming chair on the way from Mavix. The new brand of gaming chairs from X-Chairs have partnered with a number of streamers, including 100 Thieves content creator Valkyrae.

It seems Tommey was also getting a new Mavix chair just in time for Christmas, but an unknown thief stole the delivery after it was left outside, unsupervised.

Tommey competing at CoD Champs.

On December 5, he shared CCTV footage of his chair being lifted from outside his accommodation. A pick-up truck can be seen pulling up, before a man gets out and walks up the drive way. He then casually picks up the box in which the chair is in and places it in his truck, before driving away.

“Well, there goes my new chair,” Tommey said. “I got sent the footage in the hope we’d be able to report it and find the man, but he’s well covered up. Merry Christmas, random man. I hope the chair brings you lots of joy.”

He went on to explain that the chair was left outside the Airbnb at which he was staying, and that the delivery company did not even attempt to hide it or place it in a more discreet location.

Unfortunately, the thief did a pretty good job of covering his tracks. Tommey also suspected that he was not the only victim. “His tailgate is removed and he has a chain in place,” he said. “If you look, he also has another box in the back of the truck. Which means he’s purposely driving around and taking multiple packages.”

Despite his best efforts, it doesn’t seem like Tommey is holding out too much hope of finding the culprit. Thankfully, he confirmed that a replacement has been sent out, free of charge.

Tommey is perhaps best known for hist time with Splyce and Fnatic, achieving a number of impressive placements across the Infinite Warfare and WWII seasons.

However, despite being a substitute for the Dallas Empire in the CDL’s opening season, he has since become part of Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves, as a full-time Warzone streamer and competitor.