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Evo Championship Series mass shooting threat sees organizers alert FBI

By midian182 ยท 9 replies
Mar 11, 2018
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  1. With the Florida murders still fresh in people’s minds, event organizers are taking shooting threats more seriously than ever. Yesterday, it was revealed that a Twitch user had threatened a similar mass-shooting at the upcoming Evo Championship Series. Event organizers have contacted the FBI and Twitch regarding the matter, promising that the perpetrator will be punished under the full extent of the law.

    In a Twitter discussion about security at gaming tournaments, a screengrab was posted showing a message from Twitch user ‘quackquackhonks.’ It read, “Mass shooting @ EVO18 see you there.” Evo, which takes place in Las Vegas this August, is an annual eSports event that focuses exclusively on fighting games such as the Street Fighter and Tekken franchises. It’s expected that over 100,000 fans will attend the three-day event, which is located at the same Mandalay Bay hotel that saw 58 people killed and over 800 injured during a 2017 mass shooting.

    Less than 90 minutes after the Twitch threat came to light, Evo organizer Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar tweeted that it was being taken very seriously and that both the streaming platform and the FBI had been notified.

    It’s been almost one month since Nikolas Jacob Cruz shot seventeen people and wounded seventeen more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. There have been heightened tensions over the possibility of more mass shootings since then, with some people placing the blame for gun crimes on video games—check out the White House’s supercut of violent game deaths, which includes several clips from the Call of Duty series.

    Earlier this month, a judge banned a Chicago teenager from playing violent games after he made a “joke” threat on Snapchat to carry out a school shooting. It’s unclear why judge Robert Anderson thought this was a fitting punishment, though he did say the boy could play all the Mario Kart he wanted.

    EVO 2018 is set to take place on August 3rd until August 5th.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,127   +2,558

    Beats me, what kind of person would attend such a venue. A whole stadium of them - that is sick, perhaps as much as your next shooter hiding in the midst.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,442   +2,892

    Let's face it ... a lot of these kids have no idea what a ball & bat are, much less how to use one. Fresh air is a "new" fart, and exercise is what they do when they walk to the frig for another Coke.
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,212   +2,433

    Soft Drink sales are very low right now. Bottled water sales far outstrip it. Soft drink sales have been in decline for the last 8 years.
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  5. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 458   +301

    This is just lazy reporting and fictional backlash. All they have to do is just REPORT a shooting occurred, just like they did last year, instead of reporting that someone TALKED about it. Pathetic sales ploy. Meanwhile, the body scanners are still selling like hotcakes along with the guns. Marketing 201: The Langley Connection.
  6. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Maniac Posts: 406   +209

    Nobina, cliffordcooley and psycros like this.
  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,326   +1,946

    There are too many loose guns the US to be certain, but a few decades back we had virtually NO gun regulations and no mass shootings. Also, we had more guns by population in US households than we do currently. Almost every rural home had a couple and a bigger percentage of city dwellers owned a firearm. Logically, access to guns cannot be the primary factor in the rise of violence in society, particularly gun violence. So, logically, you have too ask first, "What has changed?" You start with the obvious and work your way to the more obscure factors. Once you start asking the right questions you have a chance of uncovering the real problems.
    IAMTHESTIG and senketsu like this.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,261   +361

    This is a Tech website why are there so many political nuts on here bashing video games?
  9. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 326   +83

    Yes, because adding more guns solves the problem.
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,232   +490

    I'm pretty confused about this too. Really surprised to see some of the early posts on this thread.

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