The CEO of TripWire, a U.S. video game company, left office Monday after comments he made about the controversial Texas abortion law passed last week.
Company leader John Gibson tweeted Saturday that he was “proud” of the Supreme Court to uphold the “fetal heartbeat” bill.
“Proud of #SupremeCourt affirming Texas law that prohibits abortion of heart-rate babies, “Gibson wrote on Twitter.” As an animator I don’t get into politics often. Still, with so many vocal companions on the other side of this issue, I found it important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.
proud of #SupremeCourt affirming Texas law prohibiting abortion of babies with heartbeats. As an animator, I don’t become a politician often. Still, with so many vocal companions on the other side of this issue, I found it important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.
– John Gibson (@RammJaeger) September 4, 2021
Tripwire announced Monday in a statement that Gibson had resigned and that co-founder and vice president Alan Wilson will take over as interim CEO.
“John Gibson’s comments are of his own opinion and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” the statement said. “His comments ignored the values of our entire team, our partners and much of our wider community. Our Tripwire leadership team feels deeply and is united in our commitment to take swift action and foster a more positive environment “.
Gibson’s comments sparked a backlash from the video game community, and some video game developers announced that they would stop working with Tripwire due to Gibson’s stance on abortion law.
Game developer Shipwright Studios, who had previously collaborated with Tripwire, responded to Gibson’s tweet by saying that “even though your policy is yours, the moment you make it a matter of public discourse, entangle everyone those who work for you and with you. “
– Shipwright Studios (@shipwrightstdio) September 5, 2021
Texas law, which is the most restrictive abortion legislation in the United States to date, prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected and it allows private citizens to sue abortion providers if they believe they are violating the new policy.