Bail Set at $150K For 'Counter-Strike' Co-Creator in Sexual Exploitation Case
Jess Cliffe, co-creator of the popular video game Counter-Strike, appeared in a Washington state courtroom on Friday following his arrest for sexual exploitation of a minor. A judge set bail at $150,000, according to Ars Technica.
Cliffe co-created Counter-Strike with another designer, Minh Le, and voiced the game's radio commands. Valve bought the Half-Life mod and released it in 2012 as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It's now one of the most popular esports games around.
Cliffe allegedly contacted at least one minor via a website and paid her for sex multiple times, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which requested bail be set at $250,000. During one encounter, he also allegedly videotaped his sexual contact with the minor against her will.
"Even if the facts are true as claimed, this was a meeting on an adult website," Cliffe's defense attorney, Zachary Wagnild, said while requesting no bail be set. "He was not looking for underage women and had no idea this woman was underage." The attorney also claimed Cliffe wasn't a flight risk.
The judge set bail at $150,000 and described Cliffe as a "risk to the community based on these findings." His next court appearance is on Monday, February 5th.