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Tripwire Interactive CEO John Gibson resigned on Monday after posting on Twitter that he was proud of the US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a Texas Law most abortions are prohibited. Tripwire Interactive will be led by the company’s vice president and co-founder, Alan Wilson, who is serving as interim CEO.
Gibson’s tweet, posted last Saturday, drew a strong response the next day from members of the gaming industry. Cory Barlog, creative director of God of War developer Sony Santa Monica Studio, not emphatically, said that “you know all about this damn Texas bounty law that pushes us closer to some kind of Gilead backward religious state? Really???”
The reaction to Gibson’s statement was not limited to individual members of the gaming industry. Two companies that worked with Tripwire also countered Gibson’s claims, with one, Shipwright Studios, rescinding all “our existing contracts effective immediately.” Torn Banner Studios, developed Chivalry 2 with support from Shipwright, also publicly objected to Gibson’s statement, saying, “This view is not shared by our team, nor is it reflected in the games we make. Statement contrary to what we believe about women’s rights”.
Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirms Texas law banning abortions for pulsating newborns. As an entertainer, I don’t often get involved in politics. However, with so many colleagues having voices on other sides of this issue, I feel it’s important to hit the record as a professional game developer.
& mdash; John Gibson (@RammJaeger) September 4, 2021
In it declare named Wilson as Interim CEO, Tripwire Interactive, recently published The man eats and Chivalry 2, says “The comments made by John Gibson are his own views, and do not reflect those made by Tripwire Interactive as a company. His comments disregarded the values of the entire team, our partners, and much of our broader community.”
The controversial Texas law, which went into effect across the Lone Star State last Wednesday, has effectively banned most abortions. Specifically, it prevents women from having an abortion after detecting a heartbeat from the embryo, usually in the sixth week of pregnancy. In his statement, Gibson said, “As an entertainer, I don’t often get involved in politics. However, with so many colleagues having voices on other sides of this issue, I feel it’s important to hit the record as a professional game developer. “