Tripwire, which publishes games including “Chivalry 2,” said Monday in a statement that Gibson has left office and that his views do not reflect those of the company.
“His comments ignored the values of our entire team, our partners and much of our wider community,” the company said. “Our Tripwire leadership team deeply regrets and is unified in our commitment to take swift action and foster a more positive environment.”
The shock comes after Tripibire co-founder Gibson hailed the controversial Texas law banning abortions after six weeks, before many people know she is pregnant. The law, one of the strictest in the nation, went into effect last week after the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court declined to rule.
“Proud of #USSupremeCourt stating Texas law banning abortion for babies with heartbeats,” Gibson wrote in a tweet
Saturday. “As an animator, I don’t become a politician often. However, with so many fellow vocalists on the other side of this issue, I found it important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.”
That tweet sparked controversy, with some in the video game community criticizing Gibson, while others praised him.
“We cannot continue to work with Tripwire in good conscience under the current leadership structure,” wrote Shipwright Studios, a development partner as a partner at Tripwire. Twitter
. “We will immediately begin canceling our existing contracts.”
Neither Gibson nor Tripwire responded to subsequent comments.
Tripwire announced that co-founding member and vice president Alan Wilson will take over as interim CEO.
Several major companies have announced efforts to back down on Texas abortion law. GoDaddy withdrew a website that allowed to post tips on possible abortions that occurred in Texas. The law would allow private citizens to sue providers or anyone who helps someone access an abortion after six weeks.
Travel promotion companies Lyft and Uber pledged to cover the legal costs of their sued drivers as a result of the new legislation, while dating sites Bumble and Match said they would create a relief fund for people affected by law.