Bellevue, WA - September 12, 2005 - Valve Corporation today announced that Half-Life 2: Game of the Year has started shipping to retail outlets in North America. Half-Life 2: Game of the Year is a special edition release of the best-selling and critically acclaimed title that includes Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, plus Half-Life 2: Deathmatch and Half-Life: Source. Half-Life 2: Game of the Year will begin shipping to other territories worldwide in the coming weeks.
Featuring amazing digital actors, advanced AI, stunning graphics, and physical gameplay, Half-LifeÂ® 2 has been called the greatest game ever made and earned over 35 Game of the Year Awards.
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Valve is an entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 and based in Bellevue, Washington. The company's debut title, Half-LifeÂ®, has won over 50 Game of the Year Awards and was named "Best PC Game Ever" in the November 1999, October 2001, and April 2005 issues of PC Gamer, the world's best-selling PC games magazine. Valve's portfolio of entertainment titles also includes Counter-StrikeTM, Day of DefeatÂ®, and Team FortressÂ®. This portfolio of titles accounts for over 18 million retail units sold worldwide, and Valve games account for over 88% of the PC online action market. In addition to producing best selling entertainment titles, Valve is a developer of leading-edge technologies, such as the SourceTM game engine and SteamTM, an electronic distribution platform for the delivery and management of digital content. Today, Valve is composed of over 80 of the industry's leading artists, programmers, and writers. In the company's nine-year history, it has risen from "unlikely new entry" to industry leader, producing a string of best selling and critically acclaimed PC entertainment products and technologies.