Players of Team Fortress 2 speak out against a two-year bomb crisis

Players of Team Fortress 2 speak out against a two-year bomb crisis ...

Fortress 2 might still be experiencing incredible success for a game that is 15 years old, but that doesn''t mean everything will be going smoothly. According to dedicated players, the game has been taken over by bots for a total two years now - and Valve hasn''t even acknowledged it.

Players have been dealing with aimbotting, and so many others as the end of mid-2020, according to a research from IGN. After two years of silence, fans have had enough. Players have started a coordinated publicity campaign to reach Valve''s attention and finally make the much-loved FPS playable once more.

IGN reports that it received more than 100 messages from TF2 fans this week, pledging with them to cover the situation. Many people appear to be from the YouTuber After Breakfast with SquimJim''s channel, who is one of many players to increase awareness of the situation.

Valve''s inaction is incredibly critical, claiming that the company is "totally okay" just giving community made stuff every few months for some quick money, while the bots spam all kinds of terrible stuff in chat." In the video, he states, "We''re in a situation where we need to make a significant profit. At this point, what do we have to lose?"

"Literally unplayable" is certainly not an understatement. Anyone who has attempted to play TF2 recently will tell you that the game is packed with sniper bots, making absolutely no effort to hide that they''re cheating. Even if legitimate players work up to get them kicked, they may just join another game as there is no penalty for being repeatedly booted.

Stacey Henley, a gamer, actually investigated this particular issue last year, and discovered even more shocking incidents. A screenshot showed a bot attempting to sell "CP," the phrase "slang," for child pornography. Stacey also discovered that the profanity filter was very weak, with users able to use slurs and even use themselves as "n-word killer."

Due to all of this, SquimJim is encouraging his viewers to send email messages to as many devs at Valve as possible - even Gabe Newell - in order to get their attention. He has provided their work emails and a template message that addresses the issues in the game.

Valve has not responded to this renewed wave of attention at the time of writing. Its social media channels are fairly inactive, with the actual TF2 Twitter account having not shared anything since 2020.