The president of Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive has spoken out against the removal of Grand Theft Auto V from two Australian retailers.
Last week the Australian branches of Target and Kmart removed Grand Theft Auto V from shelves over concerns about acts of violence towards women in the game.
Speaking at the BMO Capital Markets Technology and Digital Media Conference (as reported by Gamespot), Karl Slatoff called the removal “disappointing on many levels”, despite its minimal effect on his company’s bottom line.
"It's one thing for a person to not want to buy a piece of content, which is completely understandable. And that's really the solution. If you don't like it; if it's offensive to you, then you don't buy it," he said.
"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 have bought Grand Theft Auto V. If these folks had their way, none of those people would be able to buy Grand Theft Auto.
"That really just flies in the face of everything that free society's based on," he added.
"It's the freedom of expression, and to try to quelch that is a very 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."
Take-Two’s business would be completely unaffected financially-speaking, said Slatoff.
The game is rated R18+ in Australia – the highest possible classification for a video game.