Apex Legends Tournament Pulled From ESPN Following Mass Shootings

The tournament will air in October instead.

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Following the multiple mass shootings that occurred over the August 3 weekend, ESPN pulled an Apex Legends tournament from its scheduled time slot this past weekend out of respect for those affected. According to an email sent out by ABC, the EXP Invitational Apex Legends at X Games tournament would not air on the television network as planned.

Esports journalist Rod Breslau broke the news on Twitter last week, saying the tournament "that was scheduled for this weekend" has been pulled. The EXP Invitational Apex Legends at X Games was originally scheduled to air on Sunday, August 11 but was instead replaced by E:60 - Forever Broncos. ABC wrote that the decision was made "out of respect for the victims and all those impacted by the recent shootings." Breslau reported that the tournament will air at a later date and confirmed that it can be viewed on ESPN's esports YouTube channel.

ESPN2 will air the tournament "on three nights in October," according to Bloomberg's unidentified source familiar with the matter. Though no longer airing across its television networks--including ABC and ESPNews--Bloomberg reports that the tournament will still stream this weekend on ESPN's digital channels and the ESPN app.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said "the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace" are why mass shootings are becoming normalized. Take-Two Interactive's CEO responded, calling the President's comments "disrespectful and irresponsible." The Entertainment Software Association (the organization behind E3) refuted the President's statement, saying "numerous scientific studies have established that there is no causal connection between video games and violence."

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Americans are dumb. I played violent video games all my life and still have not killed anyone.

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All over the place!!!!!! Lets ban video game broadcast and advertising out of respect for the victims of gun violence. But don't you dare regulate those gun laws. Walmart wont show you video games but you can come on in and purchase actual guns and ammo, you can also get a toy gun for your child that looks real except for the orange tip on the barrel.

How stupid are we?!?!?!?!??!?

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@craigtl: Very.

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By the way in breaking news Australia has just refused to classify DayZ for physical sale meaning it is now banned in Oz.

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@deviltaz35: OT: DayZ deserves a worldwide ban.

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Where is the ban for fishing simulators? Afterall all those poor defenceless AI fish get treated horribly. That could influence people to go out and catch fish for real.

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More and more every day i am starting to believe we really are living in a Matrix Esque simulation that can be reset otherwise we are truly fubared Where is Neo when he is needed?

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Between this and walmart.. just WTF?!? I thought we were past this bullshit! Was all the work, all the fighting by gamers and the original (true) gaming press, against censorship and bullshit "theories" about media effects, in the 90s and early 00s for literally nothing now? See, this is what happens when you even entertain utterly fallacious and debunked concepts such as fiction/entertainment/media affecting real life, especially in a causative way! (hint: The argument that "fictional _____ can/does cause _____ in real life" isn't bullshit depending on what "_____" is.. It's the concept as a whole that's bullshit!) As long as you give some arguments a pass, you are giving them all one! It's like arguing that you can restrict unpopular/unliked speech yet still have freedom of speech or freedom in general.. It is literally opening pandora's box! Once you open it, no matter how small or for how short, the shit that gets out, stays out, and is incredibly difficult to get back in at the very best!

Also, on a related note.. Welcome to the feel-feels hysterical outrage era.. Please do remember that many people tried to warn you all of the danger. (and usually got tarred and feathered for even suggesting such)

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@James_xeno: Non gamers make the decisions though hence the problem.

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So does this mean the next GTA game will be X rated just in case little Johnny or Sally see an imaginary weapon? They had best ban books and movies and tv shows too seeing they all influence people into violent acts with this way of thinking.

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Espn is deeply fearful of any political controversy. They're essentially cowards - they have literally no principles other than to make money. But, that's fairly typical of corporations.

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@dmblum1799: As much as this is pathetic it's just about money to them you are right . If they lose sponsorship they lose money and that is all they care about not individual people.

More people get hit by a car and killed by accident than anyone involved in shootings so it's just political grandstanding and nothing more.

Yes there is a problem but it is with the individual with the gun and has nothing to do at all with video games which the authorities know anyway. Convenient excuse to blame games and movies though rather than tighter background checks.

See the problem is simple, they are responsible if it is background checks needed where as otherwise just blame the entertainment industry as the cause so they look squeaky clean and don't have to do anything or upset people that give them so many handouts each year.

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Giving in to criticism from a complete dingus in power. ESPN, like Walmart, should be ashamed of themselves for this. This has nothing to do with concern for victims of mass shootings.

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@rorydelonge: The poster thing i sort of get depending on how it was displayed. Lots of kids frequent these locations so i can see if there are MA rated posters or above everywhere parents could get worried. In this day and age they don't need giant posters promoting games anyway as they end up annoying you enough on Youtube and the like.

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It seems likely to me that the continued decades long scrutiny of violence in video games combined with the current growing concern and public call for investigation into the gaming industries gambling mechanics, and the ignorance of our elected officials, news media, and celebrities in less popular forms of entertainment (all of them) are going to create a perfect storm where video games, video game companies, and players will be treated like the tobacco industry with heavy tariffs, taxes, and other prohibitive regulations.

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@Romonov: True i think it is all an excuse for them to make more money from the tax payer with the pretence of helping. Amazing they came up with lootboxes and other underhanded tactics yet we are supposed to be grateful they now want to regulate their own 10 headed Hydra.

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So there must be mass shootings all over the globe every week if the evil games are to blame. I better sell my consoles incase I get the urge to go out and buy a gun from Walmart and start shooting... no that’s right I can’t buy guns from a supermarket as in England we changed our laws to keep up with changing times

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@rodoxthedark: I don’t like Colbert much now a days because I feel like he has all the bite of his former persona but none of the charm but he recently made a point that if video games caused mass shootings there would be tons of them in South Korea, China, Japan, England and all other countries with these video games.

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@jusstadrop: South Korea is regulated now though isn't it? Even the time people can play online is watched.

True though i get your point. The fact is most people are not mentally incapacitated and can tell the difference between right and wrong and fantasy and reality.

Not sure why that is so hard for pollies to grasp though.

Witcher 3 and Skyrim are some of the best games ever released and praised by so many yet in reality it is just as violent as Call of Duty or Battlefield series. I haven't as yet heard anyone calling to ban Witcher 3 or Skyrim though.

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Looks like Gamespot got their account login issues fixed for now. Anyway, the problem isn't violent media. Only a fool would think so. The problem is it's so easy for guns to end up in the wrong hands. I'm not saying they should be completely banned, but better measures should be taken to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Shame law makers don't want to do that.

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@Jinzo_111887: Well trump backed tighter background checks then went back on it over pressure. Now he is saying the same thing again but will he ensure it happens is the main thing. He may decide he wants a safe seat to get back in the White House and that is most likely not to take away people's civil liberties.

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@deviltaz35: Right!!! The NRA threatened to not support him in 2020 and he backed down right away. I guess we know who has all the power.

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Pathetic

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I play a lot of Mortal Kombat, I am so happy that every time I go out on the street and uppercut peoples heads off it is overshadowed by people who play APEX FUCKING LEGENDS then go out and hunt each other.

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What a sad move. You’re basically saying you agree that video games are the cause of these mass shootings when that couldn’t be further from the truth. We all know what the real cause is here.

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@Divisionbell:

....the moronic nutjobs who actually kill people!

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Hi I know this quite irrelevant question but I need some advices. I'm planning to buy monster abra v5 16.1 gamer laptop. Do I've performance issues on max graphics with this laptop ?

I made can i run test on here (https://www.gamercortex.com/en/games/apex-legends) and it says gtx 1050 might causes bottleneck.. But scale between my system and max graphics quite close. Should I look for another laptop or what ? I'm really appreciate for any advice :)

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I remember that tatoo that said "F*** NRA we need change"

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Just LOOK AT OTHER COUNTRIES!!

Canada is right there not far north. We play the same video games. Are there frequent mass shootings? Nope. We do have strict gun control policy, though. And that makes me Canadian so no one wants to hear from me ;) shoot. Figuratively!!

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@consolehaven: True even Australia has gun violence to a large extent it's just that it is usually gang related crime and mostly used as a deterrent so usually not fatal.

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@consolehaven: And it's not even THAT strict, relatively speaking, since you can still purchase guns. Takes a lot more effort to do so, but they are available. You just can't get assault grade weapons and concealable firearms.

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@Barighm: rather you like Michael Moore or not, one of the most interesting points he made in Bowling for Columbine was that despite the fact that Canadians had almost as many guns as Americans and seems to love them as much as we do, they just don’t have as much gun violence.

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That's such a soft move by ESPN. I know they are trying to stay away from politics so this is probably their way of avoiding negative press from the "videogames are bad" stance but this just comes across like they agree that violent videogames causes violence.

And what's next? Are networks going to start pulling shows and movies that show any sort of gun violence? Or further edit and censor such material so that guns and violence aren't shown? Just illogical reactions and "solutions" to problems we don't fully understand or have answers for.

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@sparent180: it's already happened with movies. Universal has pulled the release of The Hunt. I dunno if its indefinite but it's the first of what could be many more.

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@rorydelonge: Oh well at least it's not just games they are picking on for a change.

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@sparent180: Yet there is a scientifically proven causal connection between football and brain damage but it doesn’t stop ESPN from airing that.

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@pittsburghler: Boxing as well though that is no surprise to anyone.

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Yeah because that’ll solve everything

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Honk! Honk!

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there also is no causal connection between guns and violence. (war is separate stuff) there are millions of guns in the world possessed by civilians and only about 0.00001% of them do this stuff. problem with this science is that there are billions negatives.

anyway its good people are actually doing something instead of just throwing blames and saying "not our problem"

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@PrpleTrtleBuBum: But there is a causal connection between ease of access and number of events.

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@Barighm: This

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It's too late for gun control in the US, politiian's apathy towards real legislation has allowed a ridiculous amount of weapons into circulation. This perpetual cycle of shootings, followed by feigned empathy is set to continue.

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@Lordcrabfood: Blame an extremely powerful (and sociopathic) civilian firearms lobby that hides behind the 2nd Amendment.

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Um.. That argument is retarded.. It's like arguing that the ACLU hides behind the bill of rights while implying something sinister about doing such.

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@Lordcrabfood: Yeah, when 20 kids get slaughtered by a nutter with a gun and barely anything is done about mental health and/or guns you know nothing will change. It's the same episode on repeat unless people vote out the politicians bought by gun lobbyists

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@twogirlsonecub: You think voting matters. That’s cute. How old are you?

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@pittsburghler It's clear you've just entered the cynical 12s:

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Apex Legends shouldn't be part of the problem and it's mainly a lighthearted shooter at that. I be surprise if Overwatch was also pulled as well.

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