Counter-Strike Co-Creator Reportedly Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Child
Jeff Cliffe, who co-created Counter-Strike, has been arrested earlier today for sexual exploitation of a child. He was arrested in Seattle, at 1:17 a.m. on Friday.
As Seattle news outlet KIRO 7 news reports, Cliffe isn’t charged with a crime, and he does not have a criminal history. He is at the moment held in custody and was denied bail. According to KIRO 7 news, “Police did not say if an actual child was harmed.”
Valve released a statement to Kotaku, in which the company said that Cliffe was suspended until more information is available. “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,” reads the statement.
Cliffe, along with Minh “Gooseman” Le, co-created Counter-Strike back in 1999. The game originally was Half-Life mod, with Valve soon buying the rights for the mod and later developing it into probably the most famous multiplayer shooter of all time, a game that became the first esports title and later pushed esports scene to mainstream audiences.