• Counter-Strike video game co-creator Jess Cliffe arrested for sexual exploitation of a child

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    Jess Cliffe, the co-creator of Counter-Strike and a game designer for Valve Corporation, was booked early Thursday for sexual exploitation of a child.
     
    Police did not immediately release details, and Cliffe was not charged with a crime. Police did not say if an actual child was harmed. Cliffe does not have a criminal history.

    Jail records show he was booked at 1:17 a.m. into the King County Jail. He’s expected to have a bail hearing Friday afternoon.

     A law enforcement source told KIRO 7 he was arrested at 2300 S.W. Webster Street in Seattle. That’s the address for the Southwest Precinct.

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    Cliffe co-created the original Counter-Strike with Minh Le while he was a student at Virginia Tech. He also is known as the voice of Counter-Strike for voicing the phrase “Counter-Terrorists Win!” in the game. 
     
    Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter video game that was released in 2000. Counter-terrorists try to prevent a terrorism act. It can be played on computers and video game consoles. 
     
    Cliffe also has done level design for Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left4Dead2, and Portal2, according to his Valve bio. Counter-Strike was a modification of the original Half-Life game. 

    Valve released the following statement regarding Cliffe:

    “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.”

    Cliffe, who lives in West Seattle and works in Bellevue, graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Management Science. As an amateur photographer, he also took pictures for his hobby site VintageSeattle.org, which continued until 2012. That site posted high-resolution photos of old Seattle, and Cliffe posted modern day photos with his Canon EOS 200D Digital Rebel Xti.


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