Valve today said it settled a pending federal court lawsuit filed by Valve in August 2002 against Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games). According to the agreement, VU Games will cease distribution of retail packaged versions of Valve’s games, including Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and Counter-Strike: Source, effective August 31, 2005. As a result of the settlement, all claims and counterclaims were dismissed.
Additionally, VU Games has notified distributors and cyber cafes that were licensed by VU Games that only Valve is authorized to distribute Valve games to cyber cafÃ©s and grant cyber cafÃ© licenses. Cyber cafÃ© operators that were licensed by VU Games have also been notified that any license agreement from Sierra Entertainment, Vivendi Universal Games or any of their affiliates or distributors that may have granted rights to use Valve games in cyber cafÃ©s is terminated, according to a statement released by Valve. (THG)