Developer Cancels Contracts with Tripwire Interactive After Texas Abortion Law Comments

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Both Shipwright Studios and Torn Banner have released games through the developer and publisher Tripwire Interactive. These include the above mentioned Chivalry 2 and the shark controlling sandbox Maneater, with Shipwright working on both. However, both studios recently changed their tune about Tripwire Interactive thanks to the views of its co-owner John Gibson.

Gibson recently made a tweet expressing his support for a controversial Texas anti-abortion law. The law makes virtually all forms of abortion illegal in the state after a pregnancy has advanced six weeks. It has caused outrage, but Gibson tweeted that, despite not getting political often, he felt the need to speak his piece since there are so many "vocal peers on the other side of this issue." While there have been controversial political statements from prominent gaming figures in recent news, such as Scott Cawthon's political donations, few have attracted as much attention.

This tweet did not sit well with those who worked with Tripwire. The replies are numerous and condemning both from people inside and outside of the gaming industry, with Cory Barlog and Alanah Pearce being two of the most prominent repliers. Perhaps most impactful however is the reply of Shipwright Studios, which expressed that, with regret, it would begin terminating its contracts with Tripwire immediately.

A similar condemnation came from Torn Banner, the primary developer of the well reviewed Chivalry 2. The company stated that Gibson's tweet is in "opposition to what we believe about women's rights," and that employees of the company do not share Gibson's views. There is no word yet whether Torn Banner will follow Shipwright and break ties with Tripwire.

This single statement has left the futures of all three companies somewhat uncertain. Shipwright will need to find a new publisher for its games, and even if Torn Banner sticks with Tripwire, Tripwire's future is also uncertain. Many replies state they intend to boycott Tripwire's titles, and if the recent Twitch boycott proved anything, it's that these sorts of blocks can show big numbers.

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Gibson, Tripwire's co-owner, tweeted that he was "proud" of the US Supreme Court for affirming the law before further going on to say that, while he "doesn't get political often," he felt that it was important to "go on the record as a pro-life game developer".

Since then, developers that have worked alongside Tripwire on a number of titles have been quick to set out their own views on the president's comments. Shipwright Studios, which contributed to both Maneater and Chivalry 2, laid out its response to Gibson in a statement, going as far as cancelling its contracts with the company.

"While your politics are your own, the moment you make them a matter of public discourse you entangle all of those working for you and with you," Shipwright Studios said before going on to confirm that it would take actions to "begin the cancellation of [its] existing contracts [with Tripwire] effective immediately."

In addition to Shipwright, Chivalry 2 lead developer Torn Banner Studios also set out its contrasting views. A statement from the studio reads:

"We do not share the opinion expressed in a recent tweet by the president of Tripwire, publisher of Chivalry 2. This perspective is not shared by our team, nor is it reflected in the games we create. The statement stands in opposition to what we believe about women’s rights." Unlike Shipwright Studios, Torn Banner Studios has not elaborated further as to whether this will affect its relationship with Tripwire going forward.

Texas new anti-abortion law, which was recently upheld by the US supreme court, amounts to a near-total ban on abortions in the state. The law forbids the majority of abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, including those resulting from incest or rape. Enforceable across Texas, the new law allows members of the public to sue clinics that breach the ruling and awards them $10,000 per illegal abortion if they are successful.

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Gibson, Tripwire's co-owner, tweeted that he was "proud" of the US Supreme Court for affirming the law before further going on to say that, while he "doesn't get political often," he felt that it was important to "go on the record as a pro-life game developer".

Since then, developers that have worked alongside Tripwire on a number of titles have been quick to set out their own views on the president's comments. Shipwright Studios, which contributed to both Maneater and Chivalry 2, laid out its response to Gibson in a statement, going as far as cancelling its contracts with the company.

"While your politics are your own, the moment you make them a matter of public discourse you entangle all of those working for you and with you," Shipwright Studios said before going on to confirm that it would take actions to "begin the cancellation of [its] existing contracts [with Tripwire] effective immediately."

In addition to Shipwright, Chivalry 2 lead developer Torn Banner Studios also set out its contrasting views. A statement from the studio reads:

"We do not share the opinion expressed in a recent tweet by the president of Tripwire, publisher of Chivalry 2. This perspective is not shared by our team, nor is it reflected in the games we create. The statement stands in opposition to what we believe about women’s rights." Unlike Shipwright Studios, Torn Banner Studios has not elaborated further as to whether this will affect its relationship with Tripwire going forward.

Texas new anti-abortion law, which was recently upheld by the US supreme court, amounts to a near-total ban on abortions in the state. The law forbids the majority of abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, including those resulting from incest or rape. Enforceable across Texas, the new law allows members of the public to sue clinics that breach the ruling and awards them $10,000 per illegal abortion if they are successful.

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