In the wake of department store chains Target and K-Mart pulling Grand Theft Auto V from their shelves in Australia, Take-Two Interactive Software’s Chairman and CEO, Strauss Zelnick, has issued a comment.
Take Two wholly owns both Grand Theft Auto‘s Rockstar Games alongside publisher 2K Games.
“We are disappointed that an Australian retailer has chosen no longer to sell Grand Theft Auto V — a title that has won extraordinary critical acclaim and has been enjoyed by tens of millions of consumers around the world,” Zelnick said via statement.
“Grand Theft Auto V explores mature themes and content similar to those found in many other popular and groundbreaking entertainment properties,” he continued. “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.”
We’ll continue to report on this story as it unfolds.