We reported recently on how Australian retailers had taken down GTA 5 from their shelves saying that majority of the customers found its content too offensive to be sold.
While they said that it was purely based on customer feedback, Take two Interactive believes there’s another way to look at it.
The CEO of the publisher lashed out on the retailers at the BMO Capital Markets 2014 Technology & Digital Media Conference. He believes that their decision was equivalent to suppressing freedom of expression and free society.
While he did agree that an individual not wanting to buy something is okay but it was a totally different thing when groups like Target and Kmart take a decision for everyone else:
If you don’t like it and it’s offensive to you, then you don’t buy it. But for a person or a group of people to try to make that decision for millions of people… We have 34 million people who bought Grand Theft Auto, and if these folks had their way, none of those people would be able to buy Grand Theft Auto.
And that really just flies in the face of everything that free society is based on. It’s the freedom of expression, and to try to squelch that is a dangerous and slippery slope to go down.
He went on to say that they were not affected by the decision in the least bit because there were other retailers that fans could get GTA 5 from. Also, that they were not disappointed from the business point of view but from the aforementioned perspective.
Do you think the decision to stop selling GTA 5 was correct?