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Encyclopedia > Valve Software
Valve Corporation
Image:Valve logo.png
Type Private
Founded Bellevue, Washington (1996)
Location Bellevue, Washington
Key people Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director
Industry Software & Programming
Products Half-Life
Team Fortress Classic
Counter-Strike
Day of Defeat
Deathmatch Classic
Steam
Half-Life 2
Source engine
Revenue $10.5 million USD (2005)
Employees "over 40"
Website www.valvesoftware.com

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Half-Life

Long-time Microsoft employees Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington founded Valve in 1996. After securing a license to the Quake engine (through the help of friend Michael Abrash of id Software) in late 1996, they commenced working on Half-Life. Originally planned for release in late 1997, Half-Life launched on October 31, 1998. Valve acquired TF Software PTY Ltd., the makers of the Team Fortress mod for Quake with the intent to create a standalone Team Fortress 2 game. The Team Fortress Classic mod, essentially a port of the original Team Fortress quake mod, was released for Half-Life in 1999; TF2 is still in development. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worlds largest software company, with over sixty thousand employees and headquarters in various countries as of May 2004. ... Gabe Newell is the co-founder and managing director of the computer game game development company, Valve Software. ... Mike Harrington was the co-founder and programmer of the computer game development company, Valve Software. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Zombies attacking the player. ... Michael Abrash is best known as a technical writer and one of the top optimization and 80x86 assembly language programmers, a reputation cemented by his 1990 book Unfortunately, the original 8086 processor, the focus of the book, was several generations behind the state of the art by the time the... id Software is a computer game developer based in Mesquite, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 61 days remaining, as the final day of October. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Team Fortress (also written as TeamFortress and abbreviated as TF or QWTF) is a multiplayer computer game mod for QuakeWorld that was originally created by Australians Robin Walker, John Cook, and Ian Caughley in 1996. ... 2004 Banshee car modification for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - replacement of original Banshee Mod or modification is a term generally applied to computer games, especially first-person shooters and real-time strategy games. ... Zombies attacking the player. ... Team Fortress 2 (TF2 for short) is the long-anticipated sequel to the original Team Fortress mod for Quake. ... Screenshot of Team Fortress Classic Team Fortress Classic (TFC) is a popular multiplayer mod for the first-person shooter computer game Half-Life that allows teams of players to compete on the Internet in action packed games of capture the flag, escorting a VIP, territory control, and many other missions. ... 2004 Banshee car modification for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - replacement of original Banshee Mod or modification is a term generally applied to computer games, especially first-person shooters and real-time strategy games. ... Team Fortress (also written as TeamFortress and abbreviated as TF or QWTF) is a multiplayer computer game mod for QuakeWorld that was originally created by Australians Robin Walker, John Cook, and Ian Caughley in 1996. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Valve continued work on Half-Life, releasing several more extensions to the game and collaborated with other developers to port it to other platforms. They also took on-board the development of the highly popular Counter-Strike and Day of Defeat Half-Life mods. In computer science, porting is the adaptation of a piece of software so that it will function in a different computing environment to that for which it was originally written. ... Counter-Strike (CS) is a popular team-based mod of Valves first-person shooter (FPS) Half-Life. ... Day of Defeat (DoD) is a popular team-based multiplayer World War II first-person shooter computer game that immerses players into a 3D simulated virtual reality of the European Theatre of World War II. The games graphics and sounds have been influenced by the movie Saving Private Ryan...


Steam and lawsuits

Valve announced its Steam content delivery system in 2002. At the time, it looked to be a method of streamlining the patch process common in online computer games. Steam was later revealed as a replacement for much of the dated framework of WON and Half-Life multiplayer and also as a distribution system for entire games. Steam is a content delivery, digital rights management and multiplayer system developed by Valve Software. ... 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In computing, a patch is a software update meant to fix problems with a computer program. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... This page provides the history and etymology of the currency name won. For the South Korean currency, see South Korean won. ...


Between 2002 and 2005, Valve was involved in a complex legal showdown with its publisher, Sierra Entertainment (which was later bought by Vivendi Universal Games, or VUG). It officially began on August 14, 2002 when Valve sued Sierra for copyright infringement, alleging that the publisher illegally distributed copies of their games to Internet cafes. They later added claims of breach of contract, accusing their publisher of withholding royalties and delaying the release of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero until after the holiday season. 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The most recent logo (Sierra Entertainment) Sierra Entertainment is a computer game developer and publisher active from 1980 to 2004. ... Vivendi Universal (VU) is a French company active in media and communications with activities in music, television and film, publishing, telecommunications and the Internet. ... August 14 is the 226th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (227th in leap years), with 139 days remaining. ... Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of copyrighted material in a manner that violates one of the copyright owners exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works that build upon it. ... E-Corner First internet cafe, was located at Waverley station An Internet cafe or cybercafe is a place where one can use a computer with Internet access for a fee, usually per hour or minute; sometimes one can have unmetered access with a pass for a day or month, etc. ... Breach of contract is a legal concept in which a binding agreement or bargained-for exchange is not honored by one of the parties to the contract by non-performance or interference with the other partys performance. ... Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (abbreviated CS:CZ) is the single-player version of the multiplayer game, Counter-Strike. ...


Vivendi fought back, saying that Gabe Newell and marketing director Doug Lombardi had misrepresented Valve's position in meetings with the publisher. Vivendi later countersued, claiming that Valve's Steam content distribution system attempted to circumvent their publishing agreement. VUG sought intellectual property rights to Half-Life and a ruling preventing Valve from using Steam to distribute Half-Life 2. In law, particularly in common law jurisdictions, intellectual property or IP refers to a legal entitlement which sometimes attaches to the expressed form of an idea, or to some other intangible subject matter. ...


On November 29, 2004, Judge Thomas S. Zilly of U.S. Federal District Court in Seattle, WA ruled in favor of Valve Software. Specifically, the ruling stated that Vivendi Universal Games and its affiliates (including Sierra) were not authorized to distribute Valve games, either directly or indirectly, through cyber cafés to end users for pay-to-play activities pursuant to the parties' current publishing agreement. In addition, Judge Zilly ruled that Valve could recover copyright damages for infringements without regard to the publishing agreement's limitation of liability clause. November 29 is the 333rd (in leap years the 334th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Downtown Seattle skyline City nickname: The Emerald City Location Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Government County King Mayor Greg Nickels NP/Democrat ¹ Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 369. ...


On April 29, 2005, Valve posted on the Steam website that the two companies had come to a settlement in court. [1] April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ...


Half-Life 2

The company created a stir at in May 2003 by debuting what appeared to be a surprisingly complete Half-Life 2 and its Source engine. Originally scheduled to be released in September 2003, the game's first delay was announced just weeks before its scheduled release. (Valve later admitted that the game was far from completion.) Just before the delay was announced, a leak of Half-Life 2's source code made worldwide news. A German citizen who went by the name of Axel G. was tried and convicted in United States for the theft. Half-Life 2 was released on November 16, 2004. E³ logo The Electronic Entertainment Expo (or Exposition), commonly known as E³ or E3 , is the worlds largest annual trade show for the computer and video games industry. ... This article is about the month of May. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sources physics are demonstrated in this screenshot from Half-Life 2, with the body of a Combine soldier and his rifle hurled into the air after a collison with a dune buggy. ... September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with 30 days. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Source code (commonly just source or code) is any series of statements written in some human-readable computer programming language. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In April 2005, Valve announced an expansion pack for Half-Life 2 titled Half-Life 2: Aftermath. During a discussion about Aftermath, Valve's Jess Cliffe reported that news concerning Team Fortress 2 would soon be released. An expansion pack is an addition to an existing game. ...


On July 18, 2005, Electronic Arts announced that they would be teaming up with Valve in a multi-year deal to publish their games. EA will first publish the "Game of the Year" edition of Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source for the PC. They will also publish Half-Life 2 for the Xbox and its expansion pack, Aftermath. July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) is a leading video game developer and publisher. ... The Xbox is Microsofts first game console, released on November 15, 2001. ...


See also

Half-Life For a quantity subject to exponential decay, the half-life is the time required for the quantity to fall to half of its initial value. ... Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter computer game and the highly anticipated sequel to Half-Life, developed by Valve Software. ... Counter-Strike (CS) is a popular team-based mod of Valves first-person shooter (FPS) Half-Life. ... Day of Defeat (DoD) is a popular team-based multiplayer World War II first-person shooter computer game that immerses players into a 3D simulated virtual reality of the European Theatre of World War II. The games graphics and sounds have been influenced by the movie Saving Private Ryan... Screenshot of Team Fortress Classic Team Fortress Classic (TFC) is a popular multiplayer mod for the first-person shooter computer game Half-Life that allows teams of players to compete on the Internet in action packed games of capture the flag, escorting a VIP, territory control, and many other missions. ... Team Fortress 2 (TF2 for short) is the long-anticipated sequel to the original Team Fortress mod for Quake. ... Steam is a content delivery, digital rights management and multiplayer system developed by Valve Software. ... This is a list of mods of the first-person shooter Half-Life. ... This is a list of Half-Life 2 mods. ...

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