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ABC delays Apex Legends esports telecast following mass shootings

The broadcast was delayed 'out of respect' for the victims of recent shootings in Texas and Ohio.

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ESPN has opted not to broadcast its upcoming EXP Apex Legends Invitational at X Games on ESPN "out of respect" for the victims of the recent mass shootings.

The broadcast was originally meant to show edited highlights from the Apex Legends tournament from X Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota from August 2. Now, it won't air for two months. ESPN has yet to make an official statement on the matter, but it looks like you'll still be able to watch the coverage on ESPN's digital channels and its app. It was originally planned to air on ABC, ESPN2, and ESPNews. Given last weekend's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, the network will simply be delaying the broadcast version.

The delay was first brought to our attention by esports journalist Rod "Slasher" Breslau, who took to Twitter with his findings. This decision comes in light of the debate around violent video games over the past couple of weeks, which has been a divisive topic around the internet.

There's no concrete date for when the broadcast will air instead just yet, but we'll bring you updates on the matter as we learn more about the situation, and we'll update you with a statement should ESPN provide one. 

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Fueled by horror, rainbow-sugar-pixel-rushes, and video games, Brittany is a Senior Editor at Shacknews who thrives on surrealism and ultraviolence. Follow her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake and check out her portfolio for more. Like a fabulous shooter once said, get psyched!

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