Development Grants to Be Awarded

Bellevue, WA (May 11, 2000) - Sierra Studios™, a member of the Sierra On-Line family, along with Valve LLC today announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles their continued support for the MOD community at large by offering endowments to premiere development teams creating Half-Life® MODs.

Valve and Sierra will be awarding grants to multiple groups of MOD development teams over the next few months anticipating a MOD pack to be published by Sierra Studios featuring the best of these MODS later this year. Several Half-Life MODs will be showcased at E3 in the Sierra Studios booth, located in the South Hall, Booth #1146.
Later this summer, Valve and Sierra will be hosting the second annual Half-Life MOD Expo in San Francisco. Half-Life MOD Expo 2000 is a follow up to last year's successful event that showcased some of the best MODs being developed by independent developers supporting Half-Life. Half-Life MOD Expo 2000 will be open to the public. More information will be posted on Sierra Studios' Web site, this summer.

Founded in 1996, Valve develops entertainment software. Half-Life is Valve's debut title. Since its release in November 1998, Half-Life has won over 50 game of the year awards from publications that include PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, and CNET's Gamecenter. More information about Valve is available through the company's web site at

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