Apex Legends was supposed to make its television debut this weekend but the Apex Legends Tournament coverage that was meant to be on ESPN and ABC has been pulled because of the recent shootings in the United States.
Rock Paper Shotgun spoke with a representative from ESPN who said, “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.”
Instead, ABC will be airing a hockey documentary and ESPN still plans to air the tournament’s highlights…in October.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this sort of thing happening, Walmart has also pulled demos and shop displays for violent games. While still selling guns of course.
For what it’s worth the ESA and IGDA have both put out statements denying the claim that video games are to blame that is being put forward by Donald Trump and other Republican politicians. Because it has been proven time and time again that violent video games do not cause violent people. Unfortunately, it is just falling on deaf ears.
With the President calling for a crackdown on video games it may very well be that this is only the beginning and we may see more companies distancing themselves from video games that have guns in them. Something which could end up hurting the games industry in a huge way. For now though, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the long term. This certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Republicans and companies have made performative actions that make it look like they’re trying to make changes.
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