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EA to publish Half Life 2 on Xbox

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Electronic Arts have struck a deal with Valve to publish their boxed PC and console games, including the Xbox version of Half Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source for the PC. Online title sales will continue through the infamous Steam service.

Gabe Newell, Valve’s founder and president took a very deep breath and said: “By combining EA’s unparalleled operation structure and distribution channel with Valve’s award-winning development teams and games community, we’ve established an awesome combination for delivering great products to console and PC gamers around the world.”

The agreement is similar to the already existing pacts that allow Lionhead (Black & White), Digital Illusions (Battlefield 2), Gas Powered Games (Dungeon Siege 2) and Free Radical (Timesplitters 2) to all sell their own third-party games through the world’s biggest games publisher.

Half-Life 2 will spread on to Xbox in October while Counter-Strike Source is expected on PC in the winter.

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