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Old 09-20-04, 12:01 PM   #1
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" GameSpot has a lengthy update on the Valve vs Vivendi Universal lawsuit that has been going on since 2002 when Valve sued Sierra (part of VUGames). The Half-Life developer originally sued Sierra because the publisher put Valve games in Internet cafes in the US and around the world, which Valve alledges is a copyright infringement. Vivendi later counter-sued, saying Valve had made misleading statements to them about their online distribution plans. Vivendi also wants Valve to honor a previous agreement and publish whatever Valve is going to work on next, and they would like to be awarded ownership of the Half-Life franchise as well. Various motions will be heard by the court October 8 (the trial won't be until March 2005). How all of this will affect the release of Half-Life 2, we won't know for a while (though Vivendi Universal Games sure could use the money).

In court filings, Sierra/VUG says that the current distribution of Half-Life 2 via Steam exceeds the scope of the current software publishing agreement between the two parties. It is apparently seeking the court's assistance in compelling Valve not to use Steam as an avenue of distribution. On Friday, when asked if Valve was remained intent on making Half-Life 2 available to gamers via Steam, regardless of what was determined on October 8, Lombardi replied, "Yes."
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Old 09-20-04, 12:28 PM   #2
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Personally, I think it would be a big shame if valve lost the rights to the half life franchise to VU...even though the majority of game developers don't own the rights to their games, I feel that more developers should try to hold on to the intellectual property rights if possible...that sucks when a publisher starts wh0ring out good properties developed by someone else...
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Old 09-20-04, 12:35 PM   #3
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Long as this doesn't affect distribution of the CD and/or collector's edition of HL2, I couldn't care less what happens to Steam.
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Old 09-20-04, 01:00 PM   #4
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well apparently rumors have it that this will further hold back the shipping of HL2. =(
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Old 09-20-04, 01:12 PM   #5
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Gah, figures, the game finally has a release candidate sent out, and now they're getting into legal arguments about the release method. Great, so the game might go gold and be sitting on Gabe's shelf, but until the lawsuit is finished people won't be able to get their hands on it (well, unless Gabe pops it into his computer and then clicks on random email attachments ).
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Old 09-20-04, 01:39 PM   #6
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well apparently rumors have it that this will further hold back the shipping of HL2. =(
Perhaps I'm being overly optimistic (and stupid) but I don't honestly see how it will delay shipping of the printed product. They are just rumors at this point so until I see something official, I'm still going to hold out for an early November shipment.
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Old 09-20-04, 02:09 PM   #7
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Well if there is a lawsuite issued, it should be in the public records of the disctrict they are in wouldn't it? I mean... it can be verified that way I would imagine.
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Perhaps I'm being overly optimistic (and stupid) but I don't honestly see how it will delay shipping of the printed product. They are just rumors at this point so until I see something official, I'm still going to hold out for an early November shipment.

Man... I've been holding out interest in this thing for a long time. This killed it (again). I'll still buy the game and I'll still be there at midnight to get my preorder, but sheesh - talk about ridiculous.
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Old 09-20-04, 02:38 PM   #9
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Well it says its been going on since 2002....... I wonder if this is partly why HL2 has been delayed..

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Gah, figures, the game finally has a release candidate sent out, and now they're getting into legal arguments about the release method. Great, so the game might go gold and be sitting on Gabe's shelf, but until the lawsuit is finished people won't be able to get their hands on it (well, unless Gabe pops it into his computer and then clicks on random email attachments ).
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Old 09-20-04, 02:52 PM   #10
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Yeah, the actual legal battle has been going on for a while, but the Steam system just seems to have escalated it. Especially if Valve goes against Vivendi's wishes and actually releases the game on Steam, who knows what could happen. Hell, maybe the ONLY way to get the game will be through Steam at this rate
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Old 09-20-04, 04:00 PM   #11
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Did someone say, "Duke Nuken Forever"?
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Old 09-20-04, 04:27 PM   #12
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This is all truly entertaining, and sleazy, I love all of it. Valve has sure been entertaining these last two years. "nVidia are scum, death, putrid, filth, garbage, LIARS, SCUM!!!"

They should hire Howard Dean to do a speech for them.
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