ESPN has opted to postpone broadcasting a selection of highlights from an Apex Legends tournament in the wake of the recent mass shootings in the USA, as confirmed by Rock Paper Shotgun.
An ESPN spokesperson told Rock Paper Shotgun that “The decision was made out of respect for the victims and all those impacted in the immediate aftermath of the shootings and it seemed the prudent thing to do given the swirl of that moment.”
eSports consultant Rod Breslau posted a Tweet showing a message addressed to ABC affiliates, in which they also say that the tournament was pulled “out of respect for the victims and all those impacted [by the events].”
ESPN and ABC has made the decision not to air the TV broadcast of the XGames Apex Legends EXP Invitational that was scheduled for this weekend, in response to the recent mass shootings, according to an ABC Affiliate TV station source pic.twitter.com/6BMwdbk93t
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 8, 2019
The EXP Invitational Apex Legends tournament took place earlier in month in Minneapolis. The original program, which is an hour long selection of highlights from the tournament, was set to be broadcast on ESPN2 this Saturday at 10pm ET.
The recap can still be watched on ESPN3, but the main broadcast has now been rescheduled to air on ESPN2 on October 6th at 5pm ET, October 15th at 11pm ET, and October 27th at 4pm ET.
Last week, President Donald Trump blamed mass shootings on mental health issues and “gruesome video games” despite plenty of evidence that video games aren’t to blame.
In related news, Walmart has opted to remove all ‘violent video game signage’ from its stores in the wake of the shootings. The store will continue to sell guns.