Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe has been suspended by Valve following his arrest for sexual exploitation of a child.
According to Seattle’s KIRO7 (via Kotaku), Cliffe was booked at the King County Correctional Facility in the early hours of February 1, though he has not yet been charged with a crime. A bail hearing is reportedly expected to take place today.
Valve provided Kotaku with the following statement regarding Cliffe’s arrest:
“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.”
Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe
After co-creating Counter-Strike as a Half-Life mod while in college, Cliffe was hired by Valve in 2003. He’s remained an employee of the company since, helping work on Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and Portal 2. He also provides the voice for Counter-Strike’s “Counter-Terrorists Win!” sound clip.
IGN has reached out to Valve for further comment and will update this story with any additional information we receive.
Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.