Bellevue, WA and Los Angeles, CA - April 29, 2005 -- Valve and Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced the settlement of a pending federal court lawsuit filed by Valve in August 2002. The parties have resolved their differences, and the settlement provides for the dismissal of all claims and counterclaims. Under the settlement agreement, VU Games will cease distribution of retail packaged versions of Valve's games, including Half-LifeÂ®, Half-Life 2, Counter-StrikeTM, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and Counter-Strike: Source, effective August 31, 2005.
Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games)
Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, and also holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard EntertainmentÂ®, Radical Entertainment(tm), SierraÂ® Entertainment and Massive Entertainment(tm). VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including WarcraftÂ®, StarCraftÂ®, DiabloÂ® and World of WarcraftÂ® from Blizzard; Crash BandicootÂ®, Spyro The DragonTM, Empire EarthÂ®, Leisure Suit LarryTM, Ground ControlÂ® and TribesÂ®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.