The answer to that question is clearly “no” given the radically different interpretations of what they said.
I personally understood the phrase to mean exploitative gameplay to be one of the types of gameplay they were targeting. I don’t believe the use of the word “and” necessarily implies that the gameplay was both exploitative and automated.
For example, a proper English sentence might read “I enjoying playing ranged DPS and healer classes.” That doesn’t mean that I like classes that are both ranged DPS and healers.
The confusion seems to come from the word “gameplay,” which is singular, but can describe numerous different behaviors. You don’t say “We are targeting exploitative and automated gameplays” like you would say “ranged and healer classes.” Turn “classes” into “class” and suddenly the argument makes more sense. “I enjoy playing a ranged DPS and healer class.”
Gameplay is being interpreted as singular, so adjectives connected with “and” are interpreted to only apply to one collective set of behaviors. This can be demonstrated with another word that is the same for both plural and singular.
“I enjoying drawing big and fuzzy caribou.” Do I draw caribou that are both big and fuzzy, or do I draw big caribou and fuzzy caribou?
“I enjoy casual and min/max gameplay.” Do I enjoy gameplay that is both casual and min/max, or do I enjoy min/max gameplay and casual gameplay?