EA to Release Valve Games

Electronic Arts and Half-Life developer Valve have entered a multi-year, worldwide distribution agreement. The first two games released under the deal will be Half-Life 2: Game of the Year and Counter-Strike: Source. Both will launch this fall for PC, along with EA’s October release of Half-Life 2 for Xbox.

“At EA Partners, our mandate is to seek out the world’s top studios and game franchises, build partnerships, empower the development teams and help get these great games to more people in more countries than ever before," comments Tom Frisina, VP and general manager of EA Partners.”

“EA is the worldwide leader in bringing best of breed games, for all platforms, to market,” adds Valve founder and president Gabe Newell. “Valve games have sold over 18 million units at retail since Half-Life shipped in November, 1998. By combining EA’s unparalleled operation structure and distribution channel with Valve’s award-winning development teams and games community, we’ve established an awesome combination for delivering great products to console and PC gamers around the world.”

Half-Life 2: Game of the Year is a special edition release of the best-selling, award-winning shooter that will include Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life: Source and Counter-Strike: Source.

Employing the Source engine, Counter-Strike: Source promises to take the extremely popular online action game to new heights with better graphics, enhanced versions of the classic CS maps, all-new CS maps, offline skirmish play with AI bots and more. The release will also include Half-Life 2: Deathmatch and Day of Defeat: Source. For information about Valve and its products, go to www.valvesoftware.com. EA is online at www.ea.com.