EA signs up Half-Life 2

Gaming giant Electronic Arts has confirmed that it will publish the Xbox version of Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike Source for PC.

The deal will allow EA to sell boxed copies of Valve's console and PC games both now and in the future, although online sales of the titles will continue to be made through the developer's infamous Steam service.

Gabe Newell, Valve's founder and president took a 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 (), Digital Illusions (), Gas Powered Games (Dungeon Siege 2) and Free Radical () 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