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.