In a statement shared earlier today (September 7), Tripwire Interactive distanced itself from Gibson’s comments and announced that he has been replaced by Alan Wilson, who will serve as interim CEO. Addressing the views shared by Gibson, Tripwire said:
“Comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company. His comments ignored the values of our entire team, our partners and much of our community at large. “
A statement regarding recent events.
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– Tripwire interactif (@TripwireInt) September 7, 2021
Adding that the management of Tripwire is “deeply sorry” and is committed to take “swift action”, the statement notes that John Gibson has resigned as CEO “with immediate effect”.
His interim successor, Alan Wilson, has been with Tripwire since its launch in 2005 and will endeavor to “address concerns” raised by employees and partners over the past day.
This will likely include contacting Shipwright Studios – who worked on Chivalry 2 and Maneater with Tripwire – after the studio moved to cancel all existing contracts “effective immediately” as a result of Gibson’s position. On the community side, CohhCarnage – a Twitch streamer with over 1.4 million followers – has announced that it will boycott Tripwire due to the controversy.
Internally, Tripwire will host a company-wide meeting to create an “open dialogue with Tripwire management and all employees”.
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