Team Fortress 2’s botting problem becomes so severe that players are unable to play at all, constantly facing kills, and getting booted from servers.
Dealing with scammers, hackers and bots in any online competitive game is a difficult task. The constant fight against the hacking situation in Call of Duty: Warzone is one such example, but one community that has seen next to no solution to their botting problem is Team Fortress 2.
Team Fortress 2 is rapidly approaching its fifteenth birthday, but that doesn’t mean it’s an unloved game. TF2 still manages to see fairly consistently high user counts on the Steam platform, but many of the players are not having a good time and are at the end of their tether.
Team Fortress 2 has had a major botting problem since at least 2020, and it has arguably gotten worse rather than better. Valve first addressed the issue in 2020 and made some changes to restrict who can access certain aspects of the game, such as: TF2 Patches were insufficient at this point and the botting problem persists. Players are reporting that they are unable to play the game at all on Valve’s casual match servers due to an overwhelming number of bots auto-sniffing enemies whenever they appear outside of their team’s base.
However, things get even worse. Botter now use tactics to intentionally troll legitimate players aside from just getting kills. Bot players have started impersonating legitimate users to boot them from the server to inject more bots. Add to this a constant onslaught of SPAM and hateful comments in voice and text chat and players are fed up.
The problem has gotten so bad that it is well known Team Fortress 2 YouTuber SquimJim has taken to the platform to try to raise awareness of the issue. Viewers have reached out to the media and to Valve itself to try and raise awareness of the issue, and with any luck, see some sort of official confirmation from Valve that the issue exists and that the company is investigating. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, Valve has yet to issue any official statements.
Team Fortress 2 has been a popular FPS since its release, and after it became free-to-play it became many gamers’ first experience of the gaming genre. The fun characters, unique and creative equipment, and distinctive style have set it apart and kept fans interested, even as official updates to the game have dwindled and new content has dwindled. However, if players cannot play without constant harassment and ban from games, Team Fortress 2 could have a tragic end. With any luck, Valve will rise to the challenge and give the classic FPS the attention it and its fanbase deserve.
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