Jess Cliffe

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Jess A. Cliffe is a Valve Corporation video game designer and co-creator of Counter-Strike with Minh Le, a.k.a. "Gooseman". He is the "voice of Counter-Strike" via the radio commands and sound effects and has also worked on maps for Half-Life: Deathmatch.


He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1999 to 2003.[1]


After graduating Cliffe took a job with Valve Corporation, where he is still currently employed as a game designer.[2] However, he was suspended in the early 2018 from Valve due to criminal charges.[1]

Legal history[edit]

Arrest for sexual exploitation, Investigation[edit]

On February 2, 2018 at 1:17 a.m. PST, Cliffe was arrested on allegations of "sexual exploitation of a minor" in the Southwest Precinct of Seattle.[3]

Cliffe allegedly contacted at least one minor via an adult website,, and paid her for sex. In one encounter, Cliffe purportedly videotaped his sexual contact with this unnamed witness "against her will". [4][5][6]

The girl, then 16, told investigators she communicated with Cliffe via text message. The case started in May 2017 when the King County Sheriff’s Office received a Child Protective Services referral.[3]

Other cases[edit]

Cliffe has previous cases in King County Superior Court and Seattle Municipal Court in 2008, 2012 and 2013.[7]


  1. ^ a b McWhertor, Michael (2 February 2018). "Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe arrested, suspended by Valve". Polygon. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Roland Li (5 September 2017). Good Luck Have Fun: The Rise of eSports. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 12. ISBN 978-1-63450-658-8. 
  3. ^ a b "Counter-Strike video game co-creator Jess Cliffe arrested for sexual exploitation of a child". 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  4. ^ ""A risk to the community"—Counter-Strike co-creator faces $150K bail post-arrest". Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Staff, KIRO 7 News (3 February 2018). "Prosecutors: Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe paid teen for sex". Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Jail Inmate Lookup Service". BA #218003190. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  7. ^ "Washington Courts - Search Case Records". Retrieved 3 February 2018. 


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