Apex Legends fans intending to catch bits of this weekend’s tournament on ESPN and ABC are going to have to look elsewhere. Unfortunately, the media company has decided to forgo airing the game in response to the most recent round of public shootings in the United States.

Notice of this decision originally came via Rod Breslau’s Twitter, where he posted a letter from ABC explaining the decision.

It was later confirmed in a response from an ESPN spokesperson to Rock Paper Shotgun. The spokesperson noted that the decision was made out of respect and “seemed the prudent thing to do”.

Neither channel was planning on airing the entire tournament, but instead would have aired highlights on Saturday and Sunday. Interested fans should be able to watch via EA’s Twitch channel.

QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community. For the past five years she's been a writer at Gamebreaker TV.

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  1. Marilyn Manson and other music artists used to get the blame, now its games…give it another decade or two and we will be back to burning books and witches.

    POINT AND BLAME
    PILOT ERROR
    IM LOUD YOUR OPINION DOESNT MATTER
    BLAME GAMES
    BLAME MUSIC
    JUST DONT BLAME HOW WE FUNCTION AS SOCIETY’S…SHHH JUST BLAME THE GAMES

    • American society is a bit funny.
      I like Americans, but i sure as hell don’t like their government practices.
      They only have themselves to blame for cultivating their gun society that has now became a cancer of their own make.
      I mean come on, what do you think will happen if you give guns to EVERYONE?

      • Exactly, shooters are fun and that gore or violence helps people to blow some steam off. You have to be already mentally ill if you can’t tell the difference between a game and real life. I played a horror game “The Suffering” when I was 10 years old. It scared my butt but otherwise all that violence or gore didn’t impact my personality at all. I had a rough school life and honestly games like that helped me. Game like Counter Strike 1.6 actually helped me to find a friend which weirdly enough lived in my city and across a street 😀 After many years we are still good friends and I am glad I was able to find him.

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