Despite Jacksonville being more than 2,600 miles away from the Central Valley — the gaming community here is shaken after the shooting that happened at a gaming tournament there.
No motive has been released yet.
Wong has been competing in various gaming tournaments — as well as organizing them — since 2011. His gaming has taken him all over the country.
“The community is more than just sitting there and playing games like some people think it is,” he said. “It’s people I can trust and I know they’re gonna be there for me.”
Rick Gonzalez is an owner of Blue Shell Gaming & Collectibles and the gaming lounge Knockout eSports Arena in Clovis.
“We try to keep a place where kids feel safe. They feel they can go and just kind of have a gateway to play,” Gonzalez said.
She said when news of the shooting broke, she and other tournament organizers immediately started looking at bettering security in the future.
“We’re [all] kind of like, alright, we’re going to have to step it up,” Rudolph said.