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Suspect Named Following the Jacksonville Mass Shooting

Published: 26/Aug/2018 23:40 Updated: 27/Aug/2018 10:41

by Vincent Genova


Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department have confirmed the name of the suspect behind the mass shooting at a Madden 19 tournament in the city.

Police said that 24-year-old David Katz – who was participating at the tournament– killed two people before turning the gun on himself. There are no other suspects.

According to Mike Williams, the Sheriff of Jacksonville, the mass shooting had 14 total victims, 12 from gunshot wounds and two more from other injuries. Three fatalities, including David Katz, have been confirmed. Of the remaining victims nine are in hospital with gunshot wounds, and all are said to be in a stable condition.

Williams stated that Katz used at least a hand gun and the FBI is continuing the investigation regarding the weapons used in the tragedy.

Katz was a competitor in a Madden tournament being held at the site of the shooting and is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland.

He was known in the Madden community as ‘Bread,’ but  recently changed his gamertag to RavensChamp.

Katz won the 2017 Buffalo Bills Madden Championship.

The event was a regional satellite tournament to qualify for the Madden 19 Classic major in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Jacksonville police are still investigating the motive in the mass shooting, only confirming that Katz was a participant. 

Katz lost early in the tournament and was not active in the round of 16 at the time of the shooting.


Tetris legend Jonas Neubauer passes away aged 39

Published: 9/Jan/2021 13:32 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 13:58

by Luke Edwards


Seven-time Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer died at the age of 39 on January 4 after a sudden medical emergency.

The American, an icon of the game, won seven of the first eight Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC) between 2010 and 2017, finishing as runner-up in 2014 and 2018.

His influence extended far beyond his achievements in the game, as he inspired the competitors around him. In a 2018 interview with VICE, now two-time World Champion Joseph Saelee said: “I would say most of my gameplay is based off Jonas’s gameplay. I try to play exactly like him for the most part.”

Jonas was also a popular Twitch streamer, with 25k followers. Such was his greatness, he went viral in 2018 after accidentally breaking the then world record for quickest time to reach 300,000 points, achieving the feat in 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Tributes pour in for Jonas Neubauer

News of his passing was announced on his Twitter account on January 9. The message said: “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”

The news sent shockwaves around the world of esports and gaming, with tributes pouring in to commemorate Jonas and his achievements.

Tetris paid tribute, writing “Jonas Neubauer was one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time in skill, spirit, and kindness.”

Joseph Saelee, who stunned Jonas to win the 2018 CTWC, left a simple message that said: “Rest In Peace, Jonas.”

TSM chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura said: “I only had the opportunity to meet him once, but he was a very kind person who had a great enthusiasm for all games from tetris to chess and beyond.”

Chris Higgins, director of the documentary ‘Best of Five: The Tetris Champions’, described him as a “loyal son, great husband, staunch friend.”

One fan has created a digital card, free for all to sign, which will be sent to Jonas’ family, with the opportunity for people to leave a message to one of the greats of esports.