Local gamers react to Jacksonville shooting

Posted: 5:52 PM, Aug 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-27 19:01:08-04

In northeast Wisconsin, gamers are reacting to what happened in Florida with confusion.

At Game Trade in De Pere, competitive video game players find out about upcoming local tournaments just about every week. Those who are active in the tourneys say it's highly uncommon for players to get over-the-top angry after a loss.

These tournaments are more of a chance for gamers to have face-to-face interaction with players they respect. Some of those competitors say it's disheartening to think someone would shoot people at their safe place.

"It's really hard to believe. I've lost many times. I don't think I’ve ever won a tournament to be honest,” says Gregg Johnson. “I've competed in many, but never won one first place. But I would never have thought of what should I do to the person who beat me in a negative way like that. I don't know where that comes from."

Some local gamers say it wouldn't surprise them if big tournaments like Madden are forced to step up security in the near future on the account of what happened in Florida.