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Valve & VU Games Suits Settled

Valve announces they and VU Games have settled their legal disputes:

Valve and Vivendi Universal Games Settle Lawsuit

Bellevue, WA and Los Angeles, CA – April 29, 2005 -- Valve and Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced the settlement of a pending federal court lawsuit filed by Valve in August 2002. The parties have resolved their differences, and the settlement provides for the dismissal of all claims and counterclaims. Under the settlement agreement, VU Games will cease distribution of retail packaged versions of Valve’s games, including Half-Life®, Half-Life 2, Counter-StrikeTM, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and Counter-Strike: Source, effective August 31, 2005.

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 cafés and grant cyber café licenses. Cyber café 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 cafés, whether written or oral, is terminated.

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103. Wrong Apr 30, 2005, 01:32 Katlyn Brie
 
I don't know what planet you live on Beamer but game prices have been 50 bucks since the genesis/Snes days. At least here in the north east US they have. Plain and simple prices for everything are going up. I fully expect most next gen xbox/ps3 games to release at 60 and people will buy them without even a second thought.

I don't honestly know if VU funded any of HL2 at all but the fact remains they stood by valve for years waiting for a sequel, they stood by for years waiting for TF2 (wheres that?) But because the're the big bad publisher! oh nos! lets dump on em! The industry would die without publishers. Hey guys I hate EA as much as the rest of you but the're good for the industry as a whole.

As for the debate on Tribes it was a combination of 2 things, releasing at a terrible time between HL2 and Doom3 and catering too much to the Tribal War fanbois on the development end of things. Not to mention no one bought the fricken game to begin with. I do think Irrational redeemed themselves with Swat 4 however.

 
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