The Apex Legends Preseason is a tournament series that follows several dates from June to September. The most recent date was August 2nd \u2013 3rd in Minneapolis, MN, which saw players compete for thousands of dollars and the potential to move on to the Preseason Invitational.\r\n\r\nKnown as X Games, the Apex tournament was slated to air on ESPN News on August 11, however, following several recent mass shootings, the networks decided to press pause on airing it.\r\n\r\nEsports consultant, Rod Breslau, shared a message ESPN sent out to ABC affiliates on August 6, stating, \u201cOut of respect for the victims and all those impacted by the recent shootings, ABC will no longer air \u201cEXP Invitational APEX Legends at X Games\u201d on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in the 4:00 \u2013 5:00 PM ET \/ 3:00 \u2013 4:00 PM PT time period.\u201d\r\n\r\n[embed]https:\/\/twitter.com\/Slasher\/status\/1159587091149402112[\/embed]\r\n\r\nInstead, the time slot was replaced with \u201cE:60 \u2013 Forever Broncos\u201d while ESPN rescheduled the Apex tournament.\r\n\r\nThe decision was made just three days after two horrific mass shootings took place \u2013 one claiming the lives of 22 people and wounding more than 20 others in El Paso, Texas, and the other taking the lives of 9 people and wounding nearly 30 more in Dayton, Ohio.\r\n\r\nESPN seemed to feel that airing the Apex Legends tournament, which consists of intense gameplay from the battle royale shooter game, would have been insensitive given these terrible tragedies in correlation with the belief that violence in video games is a contributor to real-life violence.\r\n\r\nWhile some people have commended this decision, others are unimpressed. Esports photographer, Robert Paul, responded to the news in a tweet, saying, \u201cWeak. Surrendering to nonsensical political grandstanding hurts the entire gaming and esports industry, @espn.\u201d\r\n\r\nThis isn\u2019t the first time a big gaming event has been postponed or even canceled altogether following a shooting \u2013 such as in 2018 when Electronic Arts ended the Madden Classic championship tournament early after a shooting at a gaming event claimed the lives of 3 people and hurt 11 others.\r\n\r\nThe EXP Invitational hasn\u2019t completely vanished, however. In addition to being viewable online, according to a source close to the networks, the tournament will be aired on ESPN2 across three dates in October \u2013 the 6th, the 15th, and the 27th.\r\n\r\nThis comes just a month before the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, which will take place on September 13th \u2013 15th in Krakow, Poland. While the X Games were based on both online participants and invited players, the final tournament will be invitation only and have a prize pool of $500,000.\r\n\r\nWhether or not holding off on airing the EXP Invitational is the best move or not, thoughts go out to the individuals and families that have been affected by the recent mass shootings.