Counter-Strike Co-Creator Arrested For Sexual Exploitation Of A Child [UPDATE: Valve Suspends]

Jess Cliffe speaks during an interview in 2005.
Jess Cliffe speaks during an interview in 2005.

Seattle police arrested Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe, 36, early this morning for sexual exploitation of a child. Police have not yet commented further on the case.

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The arrest record shows that Cliffe, who has been an employee of Valve since 2003, was booked at 1:17am Pacific Time this morning. He was denied bail, according to the record. Seattle’s local KIRO 7 news reports that he has not been charged with a crime.

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Cliffe created Counter-Strike alongside designer Minh Le in 1999 as a mod to the critically acclaimed shooter Half-Life. Valve later obtained the rights to Counter-Strike, and it has been one of the most popular multiplayer games in the world for nearly two decades.

UPDATE (9:47pm): Valve says it has suspended Cliffe, telling Kotaku: “We are still learning details of what actually happened. Reports suggest he has been arrested for a felony offense. As such we have suspended his employment until we know more.”

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funketrain98
funketrain

It’s good to see stories like this come out. It shows no one is invincible. It’s unfortunate that stories like this of such prominent people exist but it keeps the industry responsible and shows that money and power can’t keep you in the shadows forever. This with the story earlier in the week about Nolan Bushnell shows that the video game industry is no exception.