FBI notified of mass shooter threat mentioning Las Vegas eSports event

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2009, file photo, a participant plays a computer game during the Intel Friday Night Game, a competition of the ESL, Electronic Sports League.

One of the largest eSports tournaments in the world confirmed it received an online threat about a mass shooter at its Las Vegas event planned for early August.

Evo 2018 will be held at Mandalay Bay between August 3-5 and regularly attracts 15,000 attendees every year.

An apparent online threat reads “mass shooting @EVO18 see you there.”

EVO tournament director Joey Cuellar tweeted: “We are aware of the threat that was made against EVO 2018, and have contacted the FBI and Twitch regarding this matter. We take this very seriously and they will be punished to the full extent of the law.”

“Threats are always taken very seriously,” said security expert Adam Coughran. “The first thing you look at is .. is it a credible threat and in today's age virtually everything has to become a credible threat -- no longer are the days that we can kind of push these aside as we've learned in the most recent school shootings.”

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MGM Resorts International – which is the parent company of Mandalay Bay – told News 3 its security team is aware of the threatening post.

“Law enforcement agencies have been advised and are taking the appropriate steps to investigate. Security remains a top priority at all MGM Resorts properties, facilities and entertainment venues, and our security team works tirelessly to protect the safety of our guests and employees. We are constantly evaluating and refining our security procedures and work continuously with law enforcement and security experts to ensure major events – and all guest experiences – remain safe and enjoyable for everyone,” said MGM Resorts International spokesperson Brian Ahern.

Mandalay Bay Resort was the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history when a lone gunman opened fire at a crowd of concertgoers in October.

58 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured.

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