Shortly after ESPN pulled the Apex Legends tournament from its original broadcasting time, Walmart has also decided to get behind the narrative of linking violent video games to violent crimes.
Walmart stores were sent a memo that found its way onto Twitter, demanding “immediate action” for stores to remove signs and displays that “contain violent themes or aggressive behavior.”
The memo specifically called for many items to be censored inside of Walmart stores.
- Turn off or unplug any video game consoles that show a demo of violent video games, specifically PlayStation and Xbox units
- Cancel any events promoting combat-style or third-person shooter games that may be scheduled in electronics
- Verify that no movies depicting violence are playing in Electronics
- Turn off any hunting season videos that may be in Sporting Goods, and remove any monitors or display that show the videos
- Check all signing throughout the store and remove any reference of combat or third-person shooter video games
Apparently Walmart is telling its employees to take down displays that show violent video games, specifically shooters, as well as movies and hunting videos. pic.twitter.com/2N3t4B86tf— Kenneth Shepard (@shepardcdr) August 7, 2019
Sadly, it seems that many large companies are getting behind President Trump’s anti-video game rhetoric that continues to link violence to video games regardless of countless studies that prove otherwise.
If you’re into violent video games Walmart doesn’t seem to be okay with that, but they’ll still gladly sell you an actual gun.