Game studio CEO ousted after tweeting he’s “proud” to support Texas abortion ban

Screenshot from a violent, bloody video game.

Enlarge / Killing Floor 2. (credit: Tripwire Interactive)

Over Labor Day weekend, a social media firestorm began when Tripwire CEO John Gibson tweeted his endorsement of a recent Texas anti-abortion law that criminalizes abortions at six weeks. The controversy ended with Gibson’s swift departure from his company, following disavowals from multiple associated studios.

Tripwire Interactive, the Georgia-based studio and publisher responsible for games like Maneater, Chivalry 2, and the Killing Floor series, confirmed Monday that CEO John Gibson has been replaced by Vice President Alan Wilson, who will lead the company as it searches for a new head executive.

“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” the developer said in a statement. “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.”

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