Tripwire Interactive CEO steps down following backlash from anti-abortion comments

Tripwire Interactive CEO steps down following backlash from anti-abortion comments
Ben Borthwick Updated on by

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Maneater and Killing Floor developer Tripwire interactive has announced CEO John Gibson has “stepped down” following the backlash to comments he made in support of a controversial Texas anti-abortion bill.

A statement on the development was posted to the studio’s official Twitter account. “The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company. 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.”

“Effective immediately, John Gibson has stepped down as CEO of Tripwire Interactive. Co-founding member and current Vice President, Alan Wilson, will take over as interim CEO. Alan has been with the company since its formation in 2005 and is an active lead in both the studio’s business and developmental affairs.”

“Alan will work with the rest of the Tripwire leadership team to take 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.”

Gibson’s original statement—in which he praised the US Supreme Court for not intervening when Texas passed a controversial law banning six-week abortions—was widely criticised by many within the industry. This included co-developer Shipwright Games who ended its contracts with Tripwire as well as Chivalry II developer Torn Banner Studios who also distanced themselves from the statement.