ABC says it will not air the television broadcast of the Apex Legends EXP Invitational on Aug. 11 “out of respect for the victims and all those impacted by the recent shootings,” according to Rod “Slasher” Breslau.
ABC sent an email to an affiliate television station on Aug. 6, which said an episode of E:60 will air in the time slot that originally belonged to the EXP Invitational.
The decision comes days after President Donald Trump blamed “gruesome and grisly video games” for the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that took the lives of 31 people. Other Republican politicians also pointed to video games as the reason of violence, despite no actual evidence existing that shooting crimes are tied to video games.
In addition to the EXP Invitational’s Aug. 11 airing being pulled, Slasher said a recap that was set to air on ESPN2 on Aug. 10 is not on the programming schedule anymore either.