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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[q]Huh? VUG founded Sierra? Sierra was founded by Ken and Roberta Williams, who later sold it (Cendant/Havas/Vivendi).[/q]

I never said Sierra, I said Dynamix. Sierra bought Dynamix, then Sierra was later sold to VU, which included Dynamix obviously.

[q]The majority of the core behind Tribes development are working for other companies (Garage Games, BraveTree, Eidetic, etc.) on other projects. Unless they got the entire original staff (Mark, Tim, Rick, Nels, Scott, Weston, Clark, etc.) back together, they will never capture what Tribes was. [/q]

Read between the lines and do some research. :-)
Mark, Tim, Rick all work at GarageGames which is in the same building as Bravetree (literally the next office over) where Clark, Joe, Etc Work. Weston still works with GarageGames all the time as a freelance contractor....... When I said the Original team, I [b]meant[/b] the original team. There are even rumors floating around TribalWar of a Bravetree aquisition by GarageGames, wether it has any truth or not, no one knows, but we'll know soon. GarageGames has stated repeatedly 2006 will be the year they get back into the games market as they've been itching to get away from being a tech vendor and back into games for a long long time.

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