Kmart has followed fellow retailer Target’s lead in pulling R-rated video game Grand Theft Auto V from shelves.
The company said on Thursday that all titles in the series would be removed immediately “following a significant review” of their content.
“Kmart apologises for not being closer to the content of this game,” a representative said in a statement.
Target announced on Wednesday that it would stop selling the game after the company was named in an online petition criticising the game’s depictions of sexualised violence against women.
Kmart was not named in the petition, which has secured more than 44,000 signatures after appearing on the site change深圳桑拿, on Saturday.
Target General Manager Corporate Affairs Jim Cooper said the decision was made following serious community concern over the game.
In a statement Mr Cooper said, “We’ve been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game’s content.”
The decision sparked an immediate backlash by fans, taking to Facebook and Twitter and flooding Target Australia with messages of frustration.
“We’ve had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue,” said Mr Cooper.
The decision to pull the game comes after a change深圳桑拿, petition started by three women who said they’ve survived violence.
Nicole, Claire and Kat, who didn’t give their last names, said the petition had attracted more than 40,000 supporters.
“It’s a game that encourages players to murder women for entertainment…the incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed… and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking,” the petition read.
Mr Cooper said Target will continue to sell R-rated video games.
“While these products often contain imagery that some customers find offensive, in the vast majority of cases, we believe they are appropriate products for us to sell to adult customers.”