The game was originally supposed to be released in September 2003. However, Valve was the victim of several security breaches, including a now-infamous hack where Half-Life 2's source code was stolen and leaked onto the internet. The German hacker responsible, Axel Gembe, later emailed Gabe Newell and naively tried to get a position in the company. Correspondence between the two continued, all secretly a trap to lure Gembe stateside for an FBI bust. Germany managed to strike first and convicted Gembe of those cybercrimes, sentencing him to two years probation (due to a difficult upbringing). According to Gembe, the impetus for hacking Valve was that Half-Life was his favorite game and he wanted the glory of uncovering new info.
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