Madden NFL gamer “SpotMePlzzz,” whose real name is Taylor Robertson, has been identified as one of the deceased victims from the mass shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville Landing on Sunday, Aug. 26. Robertson was one of two men killed, which included fellow gamer “TrueBoy” Eli Clayton.
Robertson, who lived in Monroe County, West Virginia, leaves behind his wife and a son.
“God please be with this family and wrap your loving arms around them.” Monroe County Clerk Donnie Evans posted on Facebook following the shooting, via WV Metro News.
Robertson was a standout athlete from James Monroe High School where he was a member of the football and basketball teams, The Bluefield Daily Telegraph notes Robertson “was the Pocahontas Coal Association and Bluefieled Daily Telegraph football player of the year. He played in the 2007 Football State Championship game and in the same year had 30 tackles on defense, rushed for 1,871 yards, had 28 touchdowns and threw for almost 500 yards.”
In the Madden community, he had played 18 games and won 72 percent of them.
From his official EA Sports Madden NFL profile:
Winner of last season’s Madden Classic, SpotmePlzzz has the skill to completely take over any Madden tournament. It’s been a while since he’s won an EA Major, but his potent offensive talent paired with his skill on defense makes him one of the toughest opponents in competitive Madden.
The tournament was taking place at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville Landing. The tournament was the Southeastern Qualifier for the Madden NFL Championship Series. The game was on XBOX One, with third-place winning $1,000 and the first- and second-place winners being flown to the Finals Qualification event.