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Team Fortress 2 protests acknowledged with first tweet in 2 years

Recently, Team Fortress 2 fans have been protesting the game's rampant bot issues and Valve, the developer behind the famed hero shooter, has finally responded

Team Fortress 2 social media silence break: An image of Heavy from TF2 eating a sandwich

Team Fortress 2 is often regarded as one of the best video games of all time and can be attributed to the rise of hero shooters that we’ve seen over the past decade. However, it’s far from a perfect game and its players have been suffering a lot over the last couple of years with rampant issues with bot accounts – despite Valve’s efforts to deter them. Now, after members of the Team Fortress 2 community banded together to get Valve’s attention with the hashtag #savetf2, Valve has broken it’s social media silence with the following message:

“ TF2 community, we hear you! We love this game and know you do, too. We see how large this issue has become and are working to improve things.”

The statement above, that was posted at 00:40 GMT on May 27 is the first message posted on the official Team Fortress 2 social media account since July 18, 2020, and a retweeted Valve tweet on October 3, 2020.

As you might imagine, members of the Team Fortress 2 community are seeing this statement as an absolute win. It represents important recognition of the dedicated fan-base this 2007 release has and, with any luck, will lead to more restrictions and an eradication of the game’s bot account problem.

But, what does that even mean? What would that even look like? Why are bot accounts even a problem? Well, we can answer a couple of those questions.

Team Fortress 2, like any online multiplayer game, has had a problem with bot accounts in the past – however, reports suggest that this spiked in April 2020 and the game’s casual multiplayer servers were flooded with bot accounts using aimbot cheats, spamming text chats, and crashing matches.

Valve has tried to combat this, to its credit, with updates and restrictions to accounts in June 2020 and June 2021. However, the issues still remain as of today – thus prompting the Team Fortress 2 community to band together to draw Valve’s attention to the issue.

If you’re wondering what this break in social media silence actually means, we have some bad news for you. Right now, it means nothing. The team behind Team Fortress 2 has stated that it’s going to work to improve things, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the issue is going to be resolved. Of course we hope that the issue is fixed, but it’s not going to be easy and fans should temper their expectations.

We don’t know how long it’ll be until we get another update from Valve regarding Team Fortress 2, but why not check out our take on the best PS5 games and best Xbox Series X games while you wait? Who knows, you might find something that tickles your fancy.