TV networks block Apex Legends esports tourney broadcast following mass shootings

    
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In what is being explained as a move of “respect for the victims and all those impacted” by recent mass shooting events in Texas and Ohio that left dozens dead or wounded, the XGames EXP Invitational esports event for Apex Legends has been yanked from its planned broadcast this weekend on ESPN and ABC. ABC will replace the time slot with a hockey documentary, while ESPN plans to air tournament highlights at some point this October.

According to a statement from an ESPN spokesperson, the decision was made to respect those affected by the tragedies. “It seemed the prudent thing to do given the swirl of that moment,” reads part of the statement.

The response to the shootings and its tenuous connection with video gaming is just one such measure being taken. Wal-Mart is removing signage depicting violent video games according to intercepted internal notices handed out to Wal-Mart employees, though the retailer still sells firearms. These reactions come amid calls from some US politicians who are now emboldened to hold gaming up as a scapegoat, in spite of mounting scientific evidence to the contrary. It’s all pretty exhausting, and the games industry has larger issues.

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Emmanuel Carabott

The more I see things like these the more I loose faith in humanity. Actions like these make it clear people in power realize that this is an issue that has grown so out hand that now we got to a point where everyone needs to do their part to try and solve it. Yet at the same time its clear those same people aren’t willing to do anything even remotely meaningful, they’re instead only interested in actions that makes it seems like they’re doing something when in fact they wouldnt really be doing anything.

Not just that but they’re happy to risk other people’s lively hoods who arent even remotely connected to any of this in anyway, just so they can be seen as doing something about this huge issue. That makes it twice as bad in my books!

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Dankey Kang

Videogames: The Greatest Evil known to man.

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Utakata

Update: A clarification on Walmart’s position I guess:

https://kotaku.com/no-walmart-isnt-telling-its-stores-to-remove-violent-v-1837113528

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Bruno Brito

Christ.

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Sarah Cushaway

FFS gamers are too busy playing games to go on shooting sprees -_- IT’S NOT THE FUCKING GAMES.

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Sorenthaz

Better ban Fortnite because it’s teaching children that shooting each other for self-preservation is how you get to be number one.

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Witches

And eat chicken.

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Jeremy Barnes

Gotta have a scapegoat so the politicians can protect their big donors

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Cypher

Was just about to post the same thing!
In the 80s it was rock n roll, in the 90s it was chucky and hellraiser, in the noughties it was rappers, now its video games…

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Grave Knight

Today it’s Video Games, before that it was TV and Movies, before that it was Comic Books, before that it was Radio Shows, before that it was Newspapers, before that it was Books. And I’m sure there were things even before that.

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K38FishTacos

Witches.

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Sarah Cushaway

Exactly.

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squid

Can’t help but notice that they didn’t cancel or delay any of the hyper-violent TV shows.

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xpsync

I know it’s so weird right?

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Jack Pipsam

My understanding of Walmart is that it’s a kind of hybrid between a supermarket and a department store right?
The idea of either selling firearms is just so… well.

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laelgon

You’ve got it right. It’s a one stop shop. You’ve groceries, furniture, clothes, and means of mass murder all under one roof. What more could you ask for?

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squid

#murica

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Utakata

“According to a statement from an ESPN spokesperson, the decision was made to respect those affected by the tragedies. ‘It seemed the prudent thing to do given the swirl of that moment,’ reads part of the statement.”

What a load of poppycock!

…you know, if you don’t wont to give into to these lone star terrorists, then the first act is that we should go about living out lives as normally as possible. So ESPN, broadcast that Apex legends show. And Walmart, put those signs back up for those video games. If not, not only are you guys disrespecting the dead here, but telling these would be assailants they’ve already won. Also see: Enabling.

In the meantime, if you want to be real pro-active, reduce the sales of guns, openly condemn bigotry, and reduce the air time of that orange buffoon that was mentioned in a related thread a few days ago. (And don’t listen to him either! >.< )

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IronSalamander8 .

Wish I could upvote this more than once. I heartily concur on your sentiments here oh she of the pink pigtails, and especially on the last paragraph. It’s a crying shame that we have to even mention needing to openly condemn bigotry, but here we are.