Walmart taking down violent video game demos, displaysSigns, displays containing “violent images or aggressive behavior” removed in wake of shootings; retailer still sells gunsRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 8th August 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleWalmartWalmart employees are reportedly being instructed to remove signage, demos, and displays for entertainment products (including video games) that include violence or aggressive imagery in the wake of a shooting this weekend that occurred at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.Waypoint Vice reports that a number of employees have taken to social media to share a notice given to them this week instructing them to remove “any signing or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behavior.”One example shared on Twitter specifically mentions “video game display consoles that show a demo of violent games, specifically PlayStation and Xbox units.” They are also told to cancel events promoting combat or third-person shooter games, avoid showing violent movies or hunting season videos, and remove any product referencing combat or third-person shooters.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Walmart appears to be taking these actions following two recent shooting events in or near its stores. The first shooting took place on July 30 at a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi, where an employee killed two coworkers and injured a police officer before being arrested. The second took place on August 3 at an El Paso, Texas Walmart where a gunman killed 22 and wounded 24 before being taken into custody. The latter is believed to be the author of a manifesto published online ahead of the shooting that included racist diatribes, hate speech, and white supremacist beliefs.Though the retailer also sells firearms and has been called upon to remove guns from its stores following the shootings, the company has said it will not change its policy.Following the El Paso shooting and another shooting in Dayton, Ohio over the weekend, President Donald Trump has suggested that “gruesome, grisly video games” may be at fault for the events despite no evidence suggesting a connection. Both the IGDA and the ESA have issued responses noting the lack of evidence linking video games to violence, and noting that while video games are played worldwide, the US is unique in its frequent mass shootings.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesWalmart exploring its own game streaming service – ReportRetail giant began talking to developers and publishers about its plans earlier this yearBy Brendan Sinclair 2 years agoWalmart begins used game salesRetailer launches pre-owned business in more than one-third of US stores; GameStop president says it will only helpBy Brendan Sinclair 6 years agoLatest comments (1)Paul Jace Merchandiser 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. A year ago “Though the retailer also sells firearms and has been called upon to remove guns from its stores following the shootings, the company has said it will not change its policy.”This tells you ALL you need to know about how serious they are about removing mass shooting imagery. The last time they did something like this they temporarily stopped selling all M rated games. But this time they want to take down a few posters, pictures and game displays and yet they STILL continue to sell rifles, ammo, crossbows and knives. This new policy is about as insincere as it get’s for all the victims( and their families) that died at mass shootings at their stores.