Take-Two Comment On GTA V Sales Ban In Australia: "If You Don't Like It & It's Offensive Then Don't Buy It"
Recently, two retailers from Australia (Target and Kmart) stopped selling Grand Theft Auto V and cited consumers negative feedback and strong objection to the content it offers as the reason behind the decision. Take-Two CEO Karl Slatoff has expressed his disappointment for the decision.
Speaking at the BMO Capital Markets 2014 Technology & Digital Media Conference, Karl Slatoff simply stated that if you don't like Grand Theft Auto games don't buy them, but agroup of people taking decsion of behalf of millions of other fans is not the solution.
"It's one thing for someone 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 and it's offensive to you, then you don't buy it." Slatoff said.
He further added:
"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. 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."
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