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ESPN delays broadcast of Apex Legends tournament, citing mass shootings

ESPN has delayed airing an Apex Legends tournament following recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

The broadcast of the Apex Legends EXP Invitational, which was originally scheduled to air this weekend, will be delayed until October 6, October 15, and October 27. The tournament itself was held last weekend.

ABC – which owns ESPN – said in a statement that the delay was “out of respect for victims and all those impacted by the recent shootings.”

President Donald Trump and the Republican leader in the House of Representatives pointed the finger at violent video games earlier this week, seeking to deflect attention away from a gun industry that backs their campaigns with tens of millions of dollars in donations.

Walmart has also pulled violent video game displays from its stores in response to the mass shootings and comments from the president partially blaming video game violence. However, the retail giant will continue to sell actual guns.

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