Now, two major retail chains in Australia have dropped Grand Theft Auto V .
According to a Kotaku report , Kmart has opted to remove the game from their shelves "immediately."
This isn't long after Target decided to do the same thing, in the wake of complaints that GTAV promotes violence against women. Here's part of Kmart's statement:
"Following a significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto games Kmart has taken the decision to remove this product immediately. Kmart apologizes for not being closer to the content of this game."
A couple days agao, Target General Manager of Corporate Affairs Jim Cooper said that after "speaking to many customers over recent days about the game," there was a noted "level of concern." He added that the decision to stop carrying GTAV "is in line with the majority view of our customers." Perhaps this isn't too surprising, as Australia has often battled the video game market in the past.
Historically, games like GTA and Mortal Kombat have been banned from many stores in the region. As for what Take-Two thinks about this, here's what CEO Strauss Zelnick had to say about Target's decision:
"We are disappointed that an Australian retailer has chosen no longer to sell Grand Theft Auto 5 – a title that has won extraordinary critical acclaim and has been enjoyed by tens of millions of consumers around the world. Grand Theft Auto 5 explores mature themes and content similar to those found in many other popular and groundbreaking entertainment properties. Interactive entertainment is today's most compelling art form and shares the same creative freedom as books, television, and movies. I stand behind our products, the people who create them, and the consumers who play them."
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V