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Planet Half-Life, abbreviated as "PHL" is a website dedicated to Half-Life and Valve news with articles dating back to late April, 1998 (from when the site was named Contaminated); however, was officially launched (or re-launched) on April 27th, 1999. It was originally founded by Kevin "Fragmaster" Bowen and is now one of largest sites of GameSpy network and subsequently, the Planet Network. The website is owned by IGN and its subsidiary GameSpy and is maintained by a group of voluntary writers and contributors.
Planet Half-Life is run by a staff of unpaid volunteers and has been shortly after its inception. New staff must undergo application process and trial period. Over the years, close to one hundred separate staff members have written for or somehow contributed to Planet Half-Life.