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Apex Legends tournament pulled from ESPN in wake of mass shootings

Published: 8/Aug/2019 22:42 Updated: 9/Aug/2019 16:14

by Eli Becht

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According to a report from esports insider Rod “Slasher” Breslau, ESPN made the decision to pull the broadcast of the X Games Apex Legends Invitational off ESPN2 after mass shootings recently took place in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.

The Apex tournament was set to air on ESPN2 on Sunday, August 11 at 4 PM ET but has since been replaced by an episode of E:60 following the tragic events that took place August 3.

ESPN says this decision was made out of respect to the victims and everyone who has been affected by the two mass shootings. 

EA/RespawnAn Apex Legends broadcast will no longer appear on television.

“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, August 11, 2019 in the 4:00 – 5:00 PM / 3:00 – 4:00 PM PT time period,” reads a screenshot posted by esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau. 

The email is dated for August 6, meaning the decision to pull the broadcast was made three days after the shootings.

The airing was going to be a rebroadcast of the Apex Legends tournament that took place at X Games Minneapolis on August 2 and 3. 

It was meant to be a condensed highlight show of the best moments and top plays from the competition, although those interested can still watch it via ESPN3. 

If you want to catch it on TV still, ESPN confirmed they will be airing the tournament at the following times:

  • Sunday, October 6 at 5p ET on ESPN2
  • Tuesday, October 15 at 11p ET on ESPN2
  • Sunday, October 27 at 4 ET on ESPN2

This decision to remove the broadcast comes on the heels of ESPN pulling ads for ‘The Hunt’, which is a film from Blumhouse where a group of people hunt down “deplorables.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, an ESPN source confirmed no ad spots will appear for the film on their network in the coming weeks. This film releases September 27.

The debate of whether video games cause violence has once again been stirred up by politicians, of which there has not been any proof of.

Several top Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have condemned the graphic images that are included in video games and claim they have a negative effect on the youth.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.