Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe arrested for “sexual exploitation of a child”

The developer was booked Thursday morning.

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Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe was arrested by Seattle police on Thursday morning for sexual exploitation of a child. Details of his arrest have not been released by police.

Cliffe has not yet been charged with a crime, according to Seattle local news station KIRO 7. The Counter-Strike developer was booked at 1:17am PT at the King County Jail in Seattle. A bail hearing is scheduled for Friday, KIRO 7 reported. A booking record acquired by Kotaku stated that Cliffe was initially denied bail.

KIRO 7 reported that while the nature of Cliffe’s arrest is not known, charges of these kinds are typically related to the creation of child pornography.

Jess Cliffe in a 2005 interview | Screengrab via [YouTube](

Valve has suspended Cliffe, the company told Kotaku. “We are still learning details of what actually happened,” Valve said. “Reports suggest he has been arrested for a felony offense. As such, we have suspended his employment until we know more.”

Dot Esports has reached out to Valve for more information.

Counter-Strike was created initially as a Half-Life mod in 1999 by Cliffe and fellow designer Minh Le. The game was officially released as a Valve title in 2000. Cliffe’s voice is featured in-game as radio recordings and announcer clips.

Counter-Strike and its predecessors continue to thrive as an immensely popular multiplayer titles since its release. Cliffe remains with Valve as part of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, and has worked on a number of titles with the company.