Chivalry 2 developer condemns Tripwire for company president’s support of abortion ban

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This story has been updated with comments from Chivalry 2 developer Torn Banner Studios, who also distanced themselves following Gibson’s remarks.

On September 4, the president of Tripwire Interactive John Gibson tweeted that he was “proud of #USSupremeCourt” for greenlighting a six-week abortion ban in Texas. “As an artist, I don’t often do politics,” Gibson wrote. “Still, with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to get known as a pro-life game developer.”

Responses to Gibson’s support for the ban haven’t been overwhelmingly positive, with the Gears of War creator Bleszinski Cliff saying “you can unsubscribe now, thank you” and the director of God of War Cory Barlog asking “how can anyone be proud to claim dominance over a woman’s personal freedoms?” Shipwright Studios, a co-development partner that has worked with Tripwire for over three years, wrote that, “We cannot in good conscience continue to work with Tripwire under the current management structure. We will begin canceling our existing contracts effective immediately.”

Torn Banner, the studio that developed Chivalry 2 for Tripwire, also issued a statement. “We do not share the opinion expressed in a recent tweet from the president of Tripwire, publisher of Chivalry 2,” he said. “This perspective is not shared by our team, nor is it reflected in the games we make. The statement opposes what we think about women’s rights.”

The new law prohibits abortion providers from performing pregnancy terminations once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which at six weeks is typically before most people know they are pregnant. The law also allows private citizens to sue abortion providers who violate the ban and receive a $10,000 bounty if the prosecution is successful. They can even prosecute anyone aiding or abetting an abortion. The Supreme Court’s decision was condemned by President Biden, who called it “a bizarre system of outsourcing enforcement to private parties.”

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