The gunman who opened fire on a Madden 19 tournament on Sunday had a history of mental illness but obtained guns legally.
David Katz, 24, killed two competitors at the tournament in Jacksonville, and injured multiple others, before turning the weapon on himself and taking his own life.
Now, according to multiple reports, it has come to light that Katz was hospitalized twice as a teenager in psychiatric facilities and prescribed antidepressant and antipsychotic medication.
The information reportedly comes from court records relating to Katz’s parents’ divorce in 2007, according to reports from the Associated Press.
The parents appear to have strongly disagreed with each other on how to care for their son, with the father claiming that his estranged wife was exaggerating the illness as part of their custody battle.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams also revealed that the shooter was able to purchase his firearms, a .45 caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun, legally from a licensed dealer within a month of his devastating attack
Williams went on to explain that only one of the weapons was used, that one of them had an aftermarket laser sight that attached to the trigger guard, and that it was clear that Katz “targeted other gamers at the event”.
Katz was a player in the Madden tournament and was eliminated in the early stages, but police investigating the shooting say that they have not yet determined a motive for his attack.
Eli Clayton, 22, and Taylor Roberston, 28, have been identified as the competitors that lost their lives in the fatal shooting. Both were well known within the Madden community, with EA stating “their deaths are an inconceivable tragedy”.
StreamElements has announced the 20 recipients of its $100,000 Creator Diversity fund, providing creators of underrepresented groups on Twitch with professional livestreaming services.
These streamers are up-and-coming broadcasters who are fighting for their place in the uber-competitive landscape of livestreaming, and who face even harsher competition because of their protected characteristics.
The creators were selected due to the type of content they were producing, their dedication to livestreaming, and their own insights provided when they applied.
The fund hopes to be “a way to help elevate their presence and voice in an ecosystem where discovery and access to information is an issue.”
Marc, who goes by Teknikalx on Twitch, told us “I applied for the fund because I thought it would be beneficial for my channel to receive additional support to give the channel a more professional look vs what I have now. Also to bring to light that programs like this exist and if a channel such as mine can receive support in this manner, other channels can too.”
Teknikalx boasts over 5,000 followers on Twitch, but says that having the support of StreamElements ‘Dream Team’ will “give a boost to my channel in the extra visibility to my content. I truly believe that the access to doors that would otherwise be closed will open, with their support to show that my content is worth not only checking out but supporting.”
Fellow streamer StreetGrind, who streams everything from Fall Guys to Horizon Zero Dawn, said the support from the Creator Diversity fund will take his “content and brand to the next level in overall aesthetics as well as consistency.”
StreetGrind, one of the recipients of the Creator Diversity Fund, aims to take his content and brand to the “next level.”
“I’m hoping to use this support to increase my discoverability on who I am and what my brand is about. Improving every day one step at a time and helping others along the way,” he explained. “We stand stronger together instead of individually.”
Another recipient, GoofyWise, similarly hopes the support will push his stream further and provide a better viewing experience. “Opportunities like these are rare especially those targeted to people who look like me.”
“I plan to use this opportunity to take my channel to the next level by giving my stream an increased level of professionalism that will attract viewers from all around,” he told Dexerto. “Not to mention the added confidence boost from having a higher quality look and feel. Look good, feel good!”
The support will include guidance on growing their brand, securing sponsorships, merchandising, and all other facets of growing and maintaining an audience.
StreamElements is one of the leading third-party services used by countless streamers to manage their donations, overlays, alerts and more while they are broadcasting.
“Livestreaming is not an easy profession and it can be even more daunting for members of underrepresented groups,” said Doron Nir, CEO, StreamElements. “With the Creator Diversity Fund, our goal is to provide those invaluable industry insights on top of improving all aspects of their channels.”
Each of the 20 recipients will have an “account manager”, with 24/7 assistance, and provided a selection of “in-game overlays, alerts, emotes, transitions, sub badges, headers, tipping pages, info panels, and logos,” customized for their channel.