Seattle police arrested Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe, 36, yesterday for sexual exploitation of a child. Police have not yet commented further on the case.
Jess Cliffe speaks during an interview in 2005.
The arrest record shows that Cliffe, who has been an employee of Valve since 2003, was booked at 1:17AM Pacific Time (8:17PM AEDT last night). He was denied bail, according to the record. Seattle’s local KIRO 7 news reports that he has not been charged with a crime.
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.
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 offence. As such we have suspended his employment until we know more.”