In the past, Tripwire Interactive has been known for its work on gaming franchises like Killing Floor, Red Orchestra and Rising Storm. Unfortunately, the video game software company is now known for something entirely different.
The company’s CEO, John Gibson, recently stepped down after publicly supporting S.B. 8 in the state of Texas. S.B. is commonly known as the “heartbeat bill,” a piece of legislation that allows the state to prosecute those who seek to have an abortion after being pregnant for six weeks.
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.
— John Gibson (@RammJaeger) September 4, 2021
“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” a statement from Tripwire reads,
“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.”
In his absence, Tripwire Co-Founder Ryan Wilson will step in as the interim CEO.