Walmart is currently in the process of removing all of the violent video game ads from its stores. This decision is believed to be a response to recent mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton Ohio. Across these two tragedies, shooters killed over 30 people. In response to these horrific incidents, US President Trump said that “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society.” Walmart appears to be removing violent video games ads in response.
Aside from selling video games (violent and otherwise), Walmart is a retail giant that sells various other products that can be deemed as unsafe. Specifically, we are talking about their hunting equipment, as some of their stores have rifles, handguns, and shotguns on their sales floor. We know that they are trying to make a difference, but shouldn’t the first step be securing real firearms, rather than hiding virtual guns from everyone’s sight? Many experts claim that there is no real evidence that video games promote violence.
A Violence-Prevention Memo is Circulating Through Walmarts
It didn’t take long for Walmart to devise their plan of neutralizing violence. The notice below was sent to every Walmart store in the country.
Aside from removing violent video game ads, Walmart will also “Cancel any events promoting combat style or third-person shooter games.” indefinitely. Additionally, they will also stop broadcasting hunting videos in their stores.
Walmart is really trying to cover their bases, so any image and video that is in a gray area will also be removed just to be safe. However, the video game industry didn’t respond to these actions and allegations lightly. Industry professionals believe that games have been used as scapegoats for quite a long time by policymakers. Unfortunately, this move might stunt all the progress in this area. We would hope that it makes a difference, but the evidence says otherwise.
ESPN Cancels Apex Legends Invitational
Esports insider Rod “Slasher” Breslau shared that Apex Legends tournament broadcast is also being canceled. The tournament was about to air this Sunday, August 11, on ESPN2. ESPN commented on their decision, “Out of respect for the victims and all those impacted by the recent shootings, ABC will no longer air “EXP Invitational APEX Legends at X Game” on Sunday.” The tournament took place in Minneapolis on 2nd and 3rd of August.
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