Team Fortress 2 is being invaded by bots

The Team Fortress 2 bot problem becomes so severe that players cannot play, facing constant deaths and being booted from the servers.

Dealing with cheaters, hackers and bots in any competitive online game is a difficult task. The constant fight against the plight of hackers in Call of Duty: Warzone is an example, but a community that has seen almost no relief from its bot problem is Team Fortress 2.

Team Fortress 2 It’s fast approaching its fifteenth anniversary, but that doesn’t mean it’s an unloved game. TF2 You can still see consistently high user counts on the Steam platform, but many of the players aren’t enjoying themselves and are at the end of the rope.


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Team Fortress 2 has seen a major bot problem since at least 2020, and it has undoubtedly gotten worse instead of better. Valve initially addressed the issue in 2020 and made some changes to help limit who could access certain aspects of the game, such as voice chat, but the TF2 patches were insufficient at the time and the bot problem continues. Players report that they cannot play the game on Valve’s casual match servers due to an overwhelming number of bots that automatically attack opponents the moment they spawn outside their team’s base.

However, the matter gets worse than that. Botters are now using tactics to purposely troll legitimate players out of simply killing. Bot players started impersonating legitimate users so that they boot from the server to bring in more bots. Add to that a constant onslaught of SPAM and hateful comments in voice and text chat, and players are more than fed up.

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

Team Fortress 2 It’s been a beloved FPS since its release, and after going free-to-play, it became many gamers’ first experience with the gaming genre. Fun characters, unique and creative loadouts, and distinctive style set it apart and keep fans interested, even as official game updates have become less and new content has dwindled. However, if players cannot play without constant harassment and are kicked out of matches, 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.

Team Fortress 2 is now available for PC.

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Source: IGN

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