The company came under fire after telling its employees to open copies of Deus Ex and remove coupons for competing digital distribution service OnLive, which were included in the game’s packaging.
That’s some disgusting behaviour; to open another company’s product and remove a part of it before sale. But the game’s publisher’s response is even more disgusting:
Square Enix issued a statement Wednesday supporting GameStop’s decision.
“As part of Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s boxed offering on PC, Square Enix included a third-party coupon,” the gamemaker said. “GameStop was not made aware of this inclusion and Square Enix respects the right of GameStop to have final say over the contents of products it sells and to adjust them where they see fit in accordance with their policies.”
Don’t utter a bad word about GameStop, because without them, you can kiss goodbye to retail sales in the United States.