The creator of Half-Life 2, Valve, has won a legal fight to stop Vivendi distributing its titles to cyber cafes.
The ruling bars Vivendi distributing games such as Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike to these pay-for-play venues.
The legal battle was kicked off in August 2002 when Valve said publisher Sierra/Vivendi Universal Games was in breach of contract by distributing games to game parlours and web cafes.
Now a US Federal District Court in Seattle, Washington, Judge Thomas Zilly has ruled in favour of Valve and granted it the right to seek damages from Vivendi over the breach.
The ruling means that Valve is the only legal source for cyber cafes keen to run games such as Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source.
The actual ruling has been posted at Valve’s site: http://www.valvesoftware.com/C02-1683Z.htm.