John Gibson, the former CEO of Tripwire, recently stepped down from the Georgia-based game company after backlash from his comments in support of the new abortion law in Texas.
On September 4th, Gibson tweeted he was “proud of [the United States Supreme Court] affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat.” He continued, saying, “As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.”
His comments saw harsh and immediate criticism throughout the gaming community, with studio partners like Torn Banner Studios and Shipwright Studio cutting ties with Tripwire. Streamers also announced they would stop playing Tripwire titles. Two after after his tweet, Tripwire announced that Gibson had stepped down as CEO.
Co-founder and current VP Alan Wilson is taking over as interim CEO.
In its own statement, Tripwire said Gibson’s comments “do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company.” The company continues by saying, ““His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment.”
Alan Wilson, who has been with Tripwire since it was founded in 2005, will spend time with the rest of Tripwire’s executive team to “ake steps with employees and partners to address their concerns including executing a company-wide town hall meeting and promoting open dialogue with Tripwire leadership and all employees.”
“His understanding of both the company’s culture and the creative vision of our games will carry the team through this transition, with full support from the other Tripwire leaders,” the statement continued.
Tripwire’s latest release is the shark game Maneater, which passed 1 million players in September 2020. Tripwire also publishes the Killing Floor and Chivalry series.