SYDNEY (dpa) – Retailer Target Australia pulled the R-rated video game Grand Theft Auto V from its shelves after complaints from customers, it was reported Thursday.
The move followed an online petition against the game gained 40,000 signatures. It was launched by three women who said they were survivors of violence.
The petition said the game gives points to players for committing sexual violence against women who are abused and killed. Target removed the game from its shelves on Wednesday night and by Thursday morning more than 4,000 gamers had complained on the retailer’s Facebook page and on Twitter, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Target general manager of corportate affairs, Jim Cooper, said in a statement the firm withdrew the game after the majority of customers expressed concerns about the level of violence in the game.