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Tripwire CEO Gibson steps down following Texas abortion comments

Tripwire CEO Gibson steps down following Texas abortion comments

The boss of game publisher Tripwire Interactive, John Gibson, has left his role as CEO following comments he made about Texas' new and invasive abortion laws.

In a statement on its website, the company apologised and said that Gibson's comments are both "his own opinion" and not reflective of Tripwire's values.

"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 publisher wrote.

Tripwire has already filled Gibson's shoes, with co-founder and vice president Alan Wilson (pictured) stepping into the CEO position. He has worked at the firm since 2005.

"Alan will work with the rest of the Tripwire leadership team to take steps with employees and partners to address their concerns including executing a company-wide town hall meeting and promoting open dialogue with Tripwire leadership and all employees," Tripwire wrote.

"His understanding of both the company’s culture and the creative vision of our games will carry the team through this transition, with full support from the other Tripwire leaders."

This news comes in the wake of an industry backlash against Gibson's anti-abortion comments, with the former exec praising the United States Supreme Court's affirmation of invasive new laws regarding a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy in the state of Texas.

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