The co-creator of one of the most popular computer games of all time was arrested this week for "sexual exploitation of a child." Cliffe's voice is featured in-game as radio recordings and announcer clips. Those warrants led investigators to obtain text correspondence between Cliffe and the girl. The case started last May when the King County Sheriff's Office received a Child Protective Services referral. According to the girl, Cliffe would pick her up and drop her off near her home.
The co-creator of seminal first-person shooter was reportedly arrested by the Seattle police on Thursday. Wagnild also requested that the media didn't take any photos or videos of the client's face, which I'm sure is because Cliffe has allegedly had sex with a minor and they don't want that appearing online or in the media.
Earlier today, Valve has issued a statement stating that Cliffe has been suspended pending further investigation.
Cliffe, who lives in West Seattle and works in Bellevue, graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in management science. The site featured high-resolution photos of old Seattle, and Cliffe posted modern day photos with his Canon EOS 200D Digital Rebel Xti.
"We are still learning details of what actually happened", the company stated. While it's not clear what led to Cliffe's arrest, according to KIRO 7's televised report, prosecutors say an arrest of this type "typically. indicates creating child porn". As such we have suspended his employment until we know more'.