Team Fortress 2 is overrun by bots

Team Fortress 2’s botting problem gets so severe that players can’t play at all, are constantly killed and booted from servers.

Dealing with cheaters, hackers and bots in an online competitive game is a difficult task. The constant battle against the hacking situation in Call of Duty: Warzone is one such example, but a community that has seen almost no relief from the botting problem is Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2 fast 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 their wits’ end.


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Team Fortress 2 has had a major botting problem since at least 2020 and it has arguably gotten worse instead of better. Valve initially addressed the issue in 2020 and made some changes to help restrict who can access certain aspects of the game, such as voice chat, but the TF2 patches were insufficient at the time and the bottling problem persists. Players are reporting that they can’t play the game at all on Valve’s casual match servers due to an overwhelming number of bots that automatically snipe opponents as soon as they appear outside their team’s base.

However, things get worse than that. Botters now use tactics to purposefully troll legitimate players beyond simply getting kills. Botting players have started impersonating legitimate users to get them to boot from the server in order to bring in more bots. Add to that a constant onslaught of SPAM and hateful comments in the voice and text chat, and players are fed up.

The problem has become so bad that it has become known Team Fortress 2 YouTuber SquimJim has taken to the platform to try and raise awareness of the issue. Viewers have reached out to the media and to Valve itself to try and bring attention to the issue, and with any luck, to see some sort of official acknowledgment from Valve that the issue exists and that the company is investigating it. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, Valve has not made any official statements.

Team Fortress 2 has been a beloved FPS since its release, and after it went free-to-play, became the first experience of the game genre for many players. The funny characters, the unique and creative gear and the distinct style have set it apart and keep fans interested even as there have been fewer official updates to the game and new content has declined. However, if players can’t really play without constant harassment and starting matches, Team Fortress 2 could lead to a tragic end. With any luck, Valve will rise to the challenge and give the classic FPS the attention it and its fan base deserve.

Team Fortress 2 is now available for PC.

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Source: IGN

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