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Update: Tripwire Interactive CEO John Gibson Steps Down Following Controversy

Updated - September 7th, 2021 - 10:00am BST

Tripwire Interactive has announced that CEO John Gibson is stepping down. Following his comments supporting the highly controversial Texas anti-abortion law, that led to Shipwright Studios ending their contracts with Tripwire, alongside denouncement from Chivalry 2 developers Torn Banner Studios.

As part of this announcement, Tripwire confirmed that co-founding member and current vice-president Alan Wilson will act as interim CEO. In this statement, Tripwire advised that Gibson's views didn't reflect the company as a whole, stating how "his comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community." You can read more below:

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Original - September 6th, 2021 - 10:20am BST

Developer-for-hire Shipwright Studios has confirmed they've cancelled all present and upcoming contracts with Tripwire Interactive. It follows a tweet on Saturday by Tripwire President John Gibson, who claimed he was "proud" of the US Supreme Court for upholding the Texas Heartbeat Act, highly controversial legislation that bans abortions beyond six weeks.

Stating he felt the need to "go on the record as a pro-life game developer", Shipwright Studios - who've previously worked with Tripwire before on Maneater and other projects - released a statement last night.

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Shipwright Studios End Contracts With Tripwire Interactive Over Company President's Anti-Abortion Support

Noting that Tripwire employees may find it difficult to speak up against their boss, Shipwright Studios advised "While your politics are your own, the moment you make them a matter of public discourse you entangle all of those working for and with you." You can find the full statement below:

They're hardly alone in this, either. Across the wider industry, this stance was sharply criticised by numerous industry figures, including Rhianna Pratchett, Alanah Pearce, Cory Barlog, and Cliff Bleszinski. We'll keep you informed if any further developments arise.