CEO of video game developer Tripwire steps down over Texas abortion law comments
By Bob Garcia
Showing support for the controversial new law has gotten the now-former CEO in hot water
Swimming against the tide of the ideals of millions of people can sometimes turn out to be a bad decision. John Gibson, the now-former CEO of video games at Tripwire, learned this the hard way, after creating a firestorm for himself because he strongly supported a Texas abortion law. His support for a law that goes against the thinking of many people caused a wave of negative reactions, which led Gibson to resign as head of the video game company.
The company, which publishes popular games including Chivalry 2, said in a statement earlier this week that Gibson was no longer part of the team, and that while he used to be the man on top, his thoughts and opinions do not reflect the company’s views on the abortion issue. “His comments disregarded the values of our entire team, our partners, and much of our broader community,” the statement said. “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.”
The move comes shortly after Gibson, who also co-founded the company, decided to praise and applaud the efforts of the controversial Texas law banning abortions after six weeks before many women knew then that they were pregnant. Considered one of the strictest laws in the country, it went into effect last week after a federal appeals court and the Supreme Court decided to refuse to rule on it.
“Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat. As an entertainer, I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer,” Gibson tweeted over the weekend.
It didn’t take long after that post for the controversy to begin to surface. While many people were supportive, many in the gaming community strongly criticized him. According to Tripwire, Alan Wilson, co-founding member and VP will now take over as interim CEO.