Tripwire CEO John Gibson Steps Down Following Controversial Comments on Texas Anti-Abortion Law
Following his comments in support of Texas’ anti-abortion law, Tripwire CEO John Gibson resigned from the company behind games such as Maneater and Chivalry 2.
Tripwire announced the news by confirming that co-founder member and current vice-chairman Alan Wilson will now serve as interim CEO. In its statement, Tripwire said that Gibson’s views do not reflect the company as a whole and that “his comments did not reflect the values of our entire team, partners and much of our community at home. wider”.
“John Gibson’s comments are of his own opinion and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” Tripwire wrote. “His comments did not reflect the values of our entire team, partners and much of our community at large. Our leadership team at Tripwire is deeply sorry and united in our commitment to make decisions. early action and foster a more positive environment.
“John Gibson immediately stepped down as CEO of Tripwire Interactive. Alan Wilson, co-founding member and current vice president, will take over as interim CEO. Alan has been with the company since its inception in 2005 and is an active manager in studio and development affairs.
“Alan will work with the rest of the Tripwire leadership team to take action with employees and partners to address their concerns, including hosting a company-wide public meeting and promoting dialogue open with Tripwire management and all employees. His understanding of the corporate culture and the creative vision for our games will accompany the team throughout this transition, with the full support of other leaders at Tripwire. ”
Gibson’s previously mentioned comments were Tweeted on September 4, with the ex-CEO writing, he was “proud of #USSupremeCourt upholding Texas law prohibiting abortion for babies with a heartbeat.”
“As an artist, I don’t often get into politics,” Gibson continued. “Still, with so many vocal peers on the other side of the issue, I thought it was important to be registered as a pro-life game developer.”
Following his Tweet, developers who have worked closely with Tripwire, including Shipwright Studios – who have worked on both Maneater and Chivalry 2 – and Chivalry 2 lead developer Torn Banner Studios have spoken. against Gibson’s statement. Shipwright Studios even went so far as to say it was canceling its existing contracts with Tripwire under the “current management structure”.
The anti-abortion law in question is a law that the United States Supreme Court recently refused to block and which prohibits the majority of abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. This includes pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Additionally, those who sue clinics that perform abortions could receive $ 10,000 per illegal abortion if found guilty.
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