Robertson was seen as one of the more mature players in the gaming community.
“In a community filled with people showboating and talking about themselves all the time, he was a guy that was very humble,” said Chris “Dubby” McFarland, 31. “He always had a smile on his face. He was a guy that had a job and a family and still tried to compete with the 18- and 19-year-olds that are out there playing all day.”
Robertson, who used the gamer tag "Spotmeplzzz," won the Madden Classic tournament in 2016. Over the course of his professional gaming career, he’s won over $80,500, according to his EASports.com profile.
Elijah Clayton was remembered by those who knew him as kind, genuine, and managed to make a career out of playing the “Madden NFL” video game at high-level tournaments.
By Baltimore Sun staff and wire services
Aug 28, 2018 | 2:20 PM
In a YouTube interview published by EA Sports, Robertson said he had played Madden NFL since he was 10 and started playing competitively a few years ago.
"It's certainly possible for any player to do this," Robertson said in the video. "You've just got to put in the time. You've got to grind. You've got to play a lot of games and just working on getting better."
Gamer Derek Jones, who lost to Robertson in the 2016 tournament, said his onetime rival was "one of the nicest people I ever met."
"There's no way that guy did anything to deserve to get shot," said Jones, who traveled to the Florida tournament from Santa Fe, N.M. "He's got a family at home, and he just came out here to try to win some money for this family."
"They were great competitors and well-loved members of the Madden community," Dot City Gaming, the professional esports team of which Robertson was a member, tweeted. "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to their families, loved ones, and all of those affected by this tragedy."