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steal and disperse the code base for
the still-in-production HL2. Valve outgrows its original Kirkland
ofﬁce space and moves to downtown Bellevue, WA.
Steam is announced at GDC. Years of speculation regarding the
Borealis and Kraken Base begin… Steam is released. Half-Life 2 (HL2) is released.
The world’s ﬁrst (legal) look at the Source engine,
along with the game it powers: HL2.
HL2 appears as the ﬁrst game available both
through Steam and in retail locations.
HL2 also becomes Valve’s
second Xbox title. Counter-Strike: Source (CSS) is released.
Years of work on Valve’s new Source engine
technology ﬁnally come to light. Valve’s Steam offers to third parties its
new suite of tools and services, which
it had originally built to service its own
games like HL and CS. Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
CS is released as Valve’s ﬁrst Xbox title. Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) is released.
In a ﬁeld where rampant online cheating
ruins the experience for many customers,
Valve aggressively addresses the issue. V A LV E H F NE:0 2 :03::04 Day of Defeat is released.
A popular mod gets full Valve support,
becoming one of its stalwart products. Half-Life: Source is released.
The original HL gets a visual upgrade. H F N E :04::05 V A LV E 2008
2005 First third-party games are
released on Steam.
A landmark in digital
gives PC developers
an alternative to retail
for their games. 2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One
Valve’s ﬁrst experiment in
episodic storytelling. 2009
LEFT 4 DEAD 2
is released. Left 4 Dead is released. Presale numbers are
the biggest yet for a
Valve game. Steam ships its ﬁrst downloadable
content update for indie game
The Maw. The Orange Box is released
with two previously-released
titles and three new products:
Steamworks is unveiled, making the
business and technical tools of the
Steam platform available to thirdparty developers free of charge. Steam Cloud is released, offering
seamless online storage of any ﬁle
types, including saved games,
conﬁguration ﬁles, etc. Steam hits over 20 million users
and over 500 games.
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
tech demo is released. Team Fortress 2 (TF2), the
long-awaited sequel to the
classic multiplayer game. Supported by the ﬁrst
version of Valve’s popular
developer commentary. Half Life 2: Episode Two—
raising the bar for emotional
Portal—hailed worldwide as
an instant classic. Day of Defeat: Source
Valve hires six students
from DigiPen Institute of
Technology after seeing
their demo of the game,
Narbacular Drop. V A LV E H F NE:0 5 :06:0 7 ::0 6 Half-Life Deathmatch:
Source is released. Steam Community is released
with the ﬁrst wave of features
designed to help friends
connect and socialize via
the Steam platform. TF2 gets major class updates for Medic,
Pyro, and Heavy characters.
These updates are delivered via Steam
to all TF2 customers. Steam hits over 25 million users
and over 1,000 games.
TF2 releases The Sniper vs Spy Update,
followed by outright WAR!
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