CEO of video game publisher Tripwire Interactive LLC quit Monday afternoon after a severe backlash over comments he made in support of the recent Texas abortion law.
“CEO John Gibson’s comments“ ignored the values of the entire team, our partners and much of our wider community, ”the Roswell, Ga-based editor said in a statement.
Gibson, who co-founded Tripwire in 2005, said on Saturday on Twitter that he supported the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow Texas law to take effect. The law prohibits abortions after six weeks and replaces citizens in suing people to perform or assist in the procedure.
Tripwire, which publishes games like this year’s popular medieval warrior Chivalry 2, came under intense pressure from fans over the weekend, including boycott calls. Some employees also shared criticism about their own private social media accounts, saying they did not support Gibson’s views.
There are several companies that have criticized the law and some have announced measures to help support staff who may be affected by the ban.
Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. they pledged to pay legal fees for the defendant drivers, while dating app companies Match Inc. and Bumble Inc. they said they would launch relief funds to help employees affected by the legislation. GoDaddy Inc., which provides web hosting services, said it informed the Texas Right to Life group that it needs to find a new hosting provider.
On Monday, Tripwire said in a statement that Gibson would be replaced by its co-founder Alan Wilson. “Our Tripwire leadership team deeply regrets and is unified in our commitment to take swift action and foster a more positive environment,” the company said.
Tripwire did not say whether Gibson would remain in the company or retain ownership.