John Gibson was ejected from his position as CEO in a swift and shocking example of actions & consequences.
John Gibson, Tripwire Interactive’s CEO, was forced to resign in a record 53 hours following his tweets supporting the controversial Texas abortion law.
Gibson tweets, “Proud to be a #USSupremeCourt confirming the Texas law banning abortions for babies under the age of one.” As an entertainer, I don’t often get political. With so many voices on the other side, speaking out as a pro-life developer was vital.
This tweet was met with sharp criticism from the gaming industry. Many consumers stated that they wouldn’t buy Tripwire games and shared how to stop the developer from appearing in Steam recommendations. Detractors pointed out that Gibson’s prolife opinion was not the problem but that he voiced it publicly as a CEO to support a law that offers $10,000 bounties for abortion seekers and those who help them.
Texas’ SB 8 law bans abortion if a “fetal beat” is detected. Although the term “fetal beat” is not medically related, it effectively bans abortion at six weeks of pregnancy. This can happen before the woman even realizes they are pregnant. A critical component of the law deputizes private citizens, not the state, to enforce it, granting people the ability to sue abortion providers and anyone accused of abetting abortion seekers. Any person who wins a lawsuit can receive $10,000.
Gibson supported the law by tweeting his support on September 4th. Shipwright Studios, a development services studio, tweeted that they would cancel any Tripwire contracts the next day.
“We cannot in good conscience continue to work with Tripwire under the current leadership structure,” Shipwright Studios wrote a mere 24 hours after Gibson’s tweet.
Tripwire announced on September 6th that Gibson would be leaving as CEO effective immediately.
“His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners, and much of our broader community,” Tripwire wrote on their website. Tripwire’s leadership team is deeply sorry. We are united in our resolve to take action and foster a more positive atmosphere swiftly.
Interim CEO Alan Wilson will replace Gibson. Tripwire is not yet sure if Gibson will remain employed.