September 27, 2021

TripWire CEO resigned after supporting Texas abortion law

Texans oppose state's controversial new anti-abortion law.

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John Gibson, CEO of TripWire Interactive – behind the studio Monitor And Murder floor-He “withdrew” following a major public and internal backlash for his support of Texas’s recent decision to strip women of their basic human rights.

Texas recently introduced a new abortion law called Senate Bill 8.. It basically creates a dowry system that targets abortionists and is implemented by random residents of Texas.

On Sept. 5, Gibson Tweeted:

#USSupremeCourt is proud to uphold the Texas law prohibiting abortion for children with heart palpitations. As an entertainer I don’t often do politics. With so many voice colleagues on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.

This report was widely criticized in the industryAnd a few hours later Shipright Studios, one of TripWire’s major development partners, Said in a statement Under the current leadership framework we cannot continue to work with TripWire with good conscience. We will begin to cancel contracts that are already in force.

Gibson’s comments were also clearly opposed from within TripWire because he “resigned” as CEO this evening, the company announced in a blistering statement that the comments made by John Gibson were his own. Own opinion, and does not represent TripWire Interactive as a company “, and” his comments do not respect the values ​​of our entire team, our partners and our wider community. Our leadership team at TripWire is very grateful and united in our commitment to take prompt action and foster a more positive environment.

Below is the full report of TripWire:

The comments made by John Gibson were his own opinion, and did not reflect TripWire Interactive as a company. His comments ignored the values ​​of our entire team, our partners and our wider community. Our leadership team at TripWire is very grateful and united in our commitment to take prompt action and foster a more positive environment.

With immediate effect, John Gibson resigned as CEO of TripWire Interactive. Alan Wilson, co-founding member and current vice president, will take over as interim CEO. Allen has been with the company since its inception in 2005 and has been an active leader in both the business and development affairs of the studio. Allen, along with other TripWire leadership team, will carry out organizational-level town hall meetings with staff and partners, including promoting open dialogue with TripWire leadership and all staff. His understanding of both the company’s culture and the creative vision of our games will carry the team through this transition, with the full support of other TripWire leaders.