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Karl Slatoff, the CEO of Rockstar parent company Take-Two, spoke out at a digital conference where he responded to two Australian Kmart and Target stores that have chosen not to stock the game due to its adverse content. He criticised the decision by saying that "If you don't like it and it's offensive to you, then you don't buy it."
He provided further detail with the following statement:
"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. So it's really more disappointing for us in that regard than it is in the context of our business. Our business is going to be completely unaffected by this; it doesn't make a difference to us. At the end of the day though, it's not something you want because it's a poor leadership decision."
Australia has often been harsh on games with adult content. Famous games in recent years that have been edited for the Australian market include Left 4 Dead 2, Saints Row IV, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Syndicate, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.