ESPN Delays Airing of X Games Tournament on Cable TV In Response to Mass Shootings

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ESPN Delays Airing of X Games Tournament on Cable TV In Response to Mass Shootings

As we previously covered here, the most recent X Games in Minneapolis, MN had an official Apex Legends tournament on August 2-3. This was a boost to the Apex Legends esports scene, as the event was live-streamed on multiple Twitch channels as well as Twitter. However, if your only option for some reason is to watch the tournament on cable TV, sadly you’ll have to wait until October at the earliest.

According to a source that spoke to CNN Business, the decision to delay the broadcast on cable TV was in response to the mass shootings in Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX. Due to the (unjustified) backlash against video games as a result of the mass shootings, the source cited it was a “wise decision,” noting how Apex Legends has more realistic graphics than its closest Battle Royale rival Fortnite.

The tournament is now scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN on October 6, 15 and 27. Meanwhile, ABC has dropped broadcasting the tournament entirely, with no indication of a future date.

If you missed the action but don’t care for a cable TV broadcast anyway, you can still get a recap of what happened via the ESPN Esports Twitch channel. Both days of the tournament are available as VODs for watching.

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Phillip Miner
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