Co-Creator of Counter-Strike Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Case Details Are Slowly Unfolding

Yesterday morning, Seattle police arrested Jess Cliffe, 36, apprehending him for sexual exploitation of a child. Since police have refrained from commenting on the case, details are vague.

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Cliffe, as many in the gaming community may know, was the co-creator of Counter-Strike alongside designer Minh Le in 1999. Originally, it was a mod to critically-acclaimed shooter Half-Life. Thereafter, it was acquired by Valve and became one of the most popular multiplayer games of all time, staying relevant to this day. Since 2003, Cliffe has been working as a Valve employee.

The arrest record shows Cliffe booked at 1:17 AM of yesterday morning. Furthermore, the record reveals that he was denied bail. Yet according to Seattle’s local KIRO 7 news reports, he has not been charged with a crime. The details of the case are slowly unraveling. For now, Valve says it has suspended Cliffe while the investigation is underway. This was their statement to 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.”

We shall contribute updates on the investigation, accordingly. It goes without saying that, if any of the allegations are true, we’re witnessing something deplorable.

SOURCE: Kotaku