ESPN pulls Apex Legends broadcast after mass shootings

ESPN 2 had scheduled the Apex Legends comp, but pulled it after the mass shootings in the US.

Anthony Garreffa
Published Fri, Aug 9 2019 8:24 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

ESPN has decided to delay its broadcast of the Apex Legends EXP Invitational tournament, something that has now been confirmed by Polygon, in the wake of the recent mass shootings in the US.

ESPN pulls Apex Legends broadcast after mass shootings |

ESPN explained in an email that it sent out to affiliate networks: "Out of respect for the victims and all those impacted by the recent shootings, ABC will no longer air 'EXP Invitational APEX Legends at X Games' on Sunday"

The broadcast of the Apex Legends EXP Invitational tournament will now take place on October 6 at 5PM on ESPN 2, with some re-runs taking place on both October 15 and October 27. The original broadcast wasn't even of the match live, but rather the highlights from the tournament.

Personally, I don't see why any of these companies are pulling games like this from TV -- when there are much, much more violent sports, movies and TV, and other forms of entertainment. There has been multiple studies that show no link between video games and real-world violence, but here we are.

What do you think of ESPN's move?


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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