The co-creator of Counter-Strike, Jess Cliffe, was arrested this week for hiring a 16-year-old prostitute.
Jess Cliffe allegedly sought sex with a minor prostitute on the 6th of June, 2017.
He was arrested 31st of January, 2018, and charged with Sex Exploitation of a Child.
According to Kiro 7, he has his bail set at $150,000 by the King County courtroom. It has also been reported that the police did not expect such a case, since such allegations usually involve possession of child porn.
The minor, whose name has not been revealed, claimed that she used the website, SeekingArrangement.com, to meet men for sexual favors in exchange for money. She said she found Jess Cliffe there, who contacted her. She also claimed that he used Snapchat to talk to her.
As part of their deal, Jess Cliffe had to pick her up in his ‘black BMW’, take her to his house in West Seattle, and then drop her off at the same intersection he picked her up from – all for $300 per hour. This arrangement was made for three different occasions.
The teenager also claimed that the accused had filmed their latest ‘session’ without her consent. Cliffe, in his defense, said that he did not know the prostitute was a minor; he believed she was 23 years old.
King County Prosecutor’s Office tried to interview Cliffe’s girlfriend about the incident, but she offered no comments.
Cliffe had been working with Valve, the company that owns Counter-Strike, but has now been suspended until further notice, as per an official statement released by the company.
The company, Valve, gave a statement to Ars. They said:
“We are still learning details of what actually happened. Reports suggest he has been arrested for a felony offense. As such, we have suspended his employment until we know more.”
Jess Cliffe helped in developing the famous game, Counter-Strike. It was released on the 9th of November, 2000, and still has a very active player base.