Jakarta - 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 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.