Update: 8:47p.m. from IGN
Shortly after the posting of this story, IGN were contacted by a Walmart representative who apologized for what was apparently a miscommunication on their behalf. IGN have since clarified with the aforementioned Walmart representative that the company has “not given any directive to remove video games from the shelves.”
Following the removal of “violent ads and banners” it seems like Walmart is now removing “violent video games” from it’s store shelves.
A image posted from Twitter user Erin Louden (@TylerMayCry) shows a nearly empty game rack with the only games being avaliable are a few sports and racing games. This is being done shortly after shootings that happened on August 3rd in an Walmart in El Paso, Texas in which 24 people were injured and 22 people were killed.
LeMia Jenkins, director of national media relations for Walmart has released the following statement:
“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and it does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment. We are focused on assisting our associates and their families, as well as supporting the community, as we continue a thoughtful and thorough review of our policies.”
Walmart has not stopped the sales of guns in any stores as of the writing of this article and has stated if they have any intention to do so.
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