Tripwire CEO out after tweeting support of Texas abortion law

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Axios 07 September, 2021 - 04:01pm 46 views

What is the Texas abortion law?

On May 19, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott signed the Texas Heartbeat Act, also known as Senate Bill 8 of the 87th legislature, a heartbeat bill which outlaws abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which typically occurs in the sixth week of pregnancy. wikipedia.orgAbortion in Texas

The head of Georgia-based game development studio Tripwire Interactive parted ways with the company Monday, two days after tweeting his support for Texas’ new abortion ban.

Why it matters: Tripwire CEO John Gibson's support of a law critics are calling "draconian" and dangerous sparked instant outrage.

The details: On Saturday afternoon, Gibson tweeted: “Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat.”

Blowback was swift — the tweet generated thousands of likes but scorn from scores more, including a top PlayStation developer, Cory Barlog, who tweeted: “how can anyone be proud of claiming dominion over a woman’s personal freedoms?”

The big picture: Texas’ abortion law has provoked strong reactions among the public, though the response from the business community has been muted.

An abortion ban in Texas successfully went into effect, making the procedure illegal when cardiac activity is detected, usually as soon as six weeks and well before many people know they are pregnant.

The big picture: Over a dozen states have tried to enact laws similar to the near-total abortion ban in Texas, but they have mostly been blocked or struck down by federal or state judges. Now, with this current precedent, some of these states could try again.

Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Department of Justice to take legal action "up to and including the criminal prosecution" against anti-abortion rights activists who attempt legal challenges under Texas' new abortion ban.

Why it matters: The state's new law bars abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and awards at least $10,000 to people who successfully sue anyone suspected of helping a pregnant person obtain an abortion.

The Justice Department will “protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services” in Texas as it explores options to challenge the state's abortion ban, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement Monday.

Driving the news: The announcement comes after the Supreme Court allowed the law to take effect last week. The ban is the most restrictive abortion law to be enforced since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide.

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Video game CEO is out after praising Texas abortion law

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Tripwire CEO out after tweeting support of Texas abortion law

The Verge 07 September, 2021 - 04:01pm

The head of Georgia-based game development studio Tripwire Interactive parted ways with the company Monday, two days after tweeting his support for Texas’ new abortion ban.

Why it matters: Tripwire CEO John Gibson's support of a law critics are calling "draconian" and dangerous sparked instant outrage.

The details: On Saturday afternoon, Gibson tweeted: “Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat.”

Blowback was swift — the tweet generated thousands of likes but scorn from scores more, including a top PlayStation developer, Cory Barlog, who tweeted: “how can anyone be proud of claiming dominion over a woman’s personal freedoms?”

The big picture: Texas’ abortion law has provoked strong reactions among the public, though the response from the business community has been muted.

An abortion ban in Texas successfully went into effect, making the procedure illegal when cardiac activity is detected, usually as soon as six weeks and well before many people know they are pregnant.

The big picture: Over a dozen states have tried to enact laws similar to the near-total abortion ban in Texas, but they have mostly been blocked or struck down by federal or state judges. Now, with this current precedent, some of these states could try again.

Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Department of Justice to take legal action "up to and including the criminal prosecution" against anti-abortion rights activists who attempt legal challenges under Texas' new abortion ban.

Why it matters: The state's new law bars abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and awards at least $10,000 to people who successfully sue anyone suspected of helping a pregnant person obtain an abortion.

The Justice Department will “protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services” in Texas as it explores options to challenge the state's abortion ban, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement Monday.

Driving the news: The announcement comes after the Supreme Court allowed the law to take effect last week. The ban is the most restrictive abortion law to be enforced since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide.

Game Company CEO Out After Saying He Is 'Proud' of Pro-Life Law

CBN News 07 September, 2021 - 03:03pm

The CEO of a gaming company, Tripwire Interactive, stepped down after he faced backlash for writing he was “proud” of the Texas law virtually banning all abortions after six weeks, often before a woman knows she’s pregnant.

John Gibson posted a tweet Friday praising the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing to block the controversial legislation, which opponents have argued jeopardizes Roe v. Wade.

“Proud of [the U.S. Supreme Court] affirming the Texas law banning abortions for babies with a heartbeat,” he wrote. “As an entertainer, I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life gamer developer.”

After facing an onslaught of criticism from leftist social media users, Tripwire Interactive announced Monday Gibson’s comments “do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company” and that the brand’s vice president, Alan Wilson, would take over as interim CEO.

“His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners, and much of our broader community,” the Tripwire statement continued. “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.”

Pro-life activist Lila Rose, founding president of Live Action, called the game company’s decision to push Gibson out “disgusting.”

“What are your core values — supporting the dismemberment [and] suctioning to death of helpless preborn children?” she asked. “Abortion is violence [and] women deserve better. What a shameful, gross stance. You are backing human rights abuses [and] punishing those who dare speak out.”

“Half of America is pro-life — including millions of women that you’re ignoring,” Rose continued. “Abortion is violence against the vulnerable [and] you’ve publicly sided with violence. Sick [and] regressive, [Tripwire Interactive]. Your CEO stood up for human rights but apparently that’s not what your company values.”

Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee, condemned Tripwire’s leadership as “a bunch of clowns and cowards,” calling Gibson’s ouster “shameful stuff.”

Others on the left supported the company’s decision, stating a “fetus isn’t a child.” One critic, Mitch Dyer, wrote it was the “right move” for Gibson to be replaced “for so many reasons.” He went on to thank the brand “for doing what’s best for your players and employees.”

There were a handful of pro-abortion Twitter users who disagreed with the decision by Tripwire.

“While I certainly disagree with the former CEO,” one person wrote, “it does strike me as weird that, in the wake of the CEO being fired over a political tweet, the company will be holding a town hall to discuss being open to anyone’s viewpoint.”

In early September, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue an injunction against the controversial Texas law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

The high court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from pro-abortion advocates to stop the legislation from taking effect across the Lone Star State. It’s worth noting, however, that the court’s decision against an injunction is not a final ruling on the law’s constitutionality, so the legal battle will continue.

What makes this law, S.B. 8, unique is that it authorizes private citizens to file civil lawsuits against anyone who helps facilitate a now-illegal abortion, according to CBN News. Those who file suits can be compensated for up to $10,000.

As Faithwire previously reported, President Joe Biden is vehemently opposed to the law.

Despite being a “devout Catholic,” the president said last week he “doesn’t agree” with those who believe human life begins at conception. Biden condemned the Texas law for creating “a vigilante system” and told reporters he has instructed the U.S. Department of Justice “to look and see whether there are things that can be done that can limit the independent action of individuals in enforcing a state law.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the pro-life legislation “blatantly violates the constitutional rights established under Roe v. Wade, which [has been] upheld as precedent for nearly have a century.” The newly enacted law “will significantly impair women’s access to the health care they need,” she continued, “particularly for communities of color and low income.”

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Tripwire Interactive CEO Steps Down Following Backlash to Anti-Abortion Comments

XboxAchievements 07 September, 2021 - 05:30am

John Gibson has stepped down as CEO of video game developer and publisher Tripwire Interactive, following comments made by Gibson on Twitter supporting an extreme anti-abortion law in Texas.

The law, which is one of the most radical anti-abortion laws in the US, bans all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is before most women are aware they are pregnant. The US Supreme Court failed to block the law coming into effect last week.

Gibson, CEO of Killing Floor and Maneater developer Tripwire Interactive, tweeted out his support for the decision on Saturday.

“Proud of US Supreme Court affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat,” Gibson said. “As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.”

Gibson's comments were met with disapproval from fellow game developers and players, including God of War director Cory Barlog and Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski. 

A day after Gibson posted the tweet, Maneater co-developer Shipwright Studios responded, beginning the cancellation of its existing contracts with Tripwire Interactive “effective immediately”. 

“We started Shipwright with the idea that it was finally time to put our money where our mouth is. We cannot in good conscience continue to work with Tripwire under the current leadership structure.”

Meanwhile, Torn Banner Studios, the developer of Chivalry 2, which is published by Tripwire, distanced itself from Gibson's comments.

“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.”

Tripwire Interactive has now announced that John Gibson has stepped down as CEO, with current vice president Alan Wilson taking over as interim CEO.

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

“Effective immediately, John Gibson has stepped down as CEO of Tripwire Interactive. Co-founding member and current Vice President, Alan Wilson, will take over as interim CEO. Alan has been with the company since its formation in 2005 and is an active lead in both the studio’s business and developmental affairs.

“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. 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.”

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