The Apex Legends EXP Invitational, an event that falls within the competitive pre-season of EA and Respawn’s battle royale begins on August 11th.
Despite the agreements with the ABC and ESPN television broadcaster, the tournament will not be broadcast “out of respect for the victims and all those who have been hit by the recent shootings “, according to a Twitter statement by Rod “Slasher” Breslau.
ABC sent an email to an affiliated television station, which said that another program will be broadcast in the time slot that was originally reserved for the Apex Legends EXP Invitational.
The decision comes a few days after US President Donald Trump pointed the finger at video games for the shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which killed 31 people.
Other politicians of the Republican wing have indicated video games as the reason for the escalation of violence that has bloodied the country in the last week and that, according to what happened at the Twitch headquarters in San Francisco, does not seem destined to go out yet.
In addition to the failure to air the EXP Invitational on August 11, Slasher also stated that another dedicated program (which should have been broadcast on ESPN2) will no longer be broadcast.
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