Video Game Law Blog

May 04, 2005

After nearly three years of court battles, Valve and Sierra have settled their dispute regarding the distribution of Valve's games. Valve claimed that Sierra had been unlawfully distributing Valve's games through cybercafes. Valve also claimed damages from Sierra's parent, Vivendi, for delaying the release of Counter-Strike Condition Zero. 

As a result of the settlement (a) Vivendi will no longer distribute packaged versions of Valve's games, (b) Vivendi will notify former licensees that only Valve is authorized to distribute Valve games through cybercafes, and (c) all former licences granted by Vivendi to cybercafes are now void.

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