Video games not to blame for US shooting - Asia eSports body

2018-08-29 18:33

Video games are not to blame for the recent mass shooting at a competitive gaming tournament in United States, Asia's top eSports body said on Wednesday.

Two people were killed and 11 others injured on Sunday after a gaming competitor went on a shooting rampage before turning the gun on himself at a tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

It was one of more than 230 mass shootings to have occurred in the US so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

In the aftermath of the killings some conservative and gun lobby commentators – many of whom oppose tighter restrictions on weapon sales – suggested violent video games should be blamed for the latest murder spree.

That view was rounded on by Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) chief Kenneth Fok in Jakarta, which is hosting a milestone eSports tournament as competitive gaming seeks Olympic legitimacy though an Asian Games exhibition debut.

'An unfortunate incident'

"A tragedy like this should never happen," he told reporters.

"It was a very unfortunate incident that happened in a video game arena, but does this mean that eSports or video games are to blame? I don't think so," he said.

"I think it is a bigger issue of gun control and also the access to guns," he said.

The Jacksonville shooting occurred during a Madden NFL 19 Classic tournament, the latest edition of the video game series named after retired NFL Super Bowl champion coach John Madden.

Tournaments of various styles of video games have grown in popularity world wide in recent years, with shooting, strategy, and fighting for multi-player teams evolving into major arena events.

Asia has lead the boom, with South Korea considered the pioneer of competitive gaming and China the world's largest gaming market.

The AESF are seeking recognition alongside traditional sports with its Asian Games debut, with an eye on one day appearing at the Olympics.

Last year International Olympic Committee chiefs declared that eSports could now be considered truly "a sport", but that violent or shooting games could never be considered for inclusion in any future Olympics.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    us  |  us shootings

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

C# Developer

Cape Town
Goldman Tech Resourcing
R300 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

Investment Associate

Cape Town
Mass Staffing Projects
R620 000.00 - R780 000.00 Per Year

Senior Investment Analyst

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R775 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.