Valve 1, Vivendi 0

Seen at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4054643.stm:

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.

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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.

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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.