What simply occurred? Staff Fortress 2 had 151,253 concurrent gamers on Steam on Friday night. After just a few hours of hovering across the 150k mark, it cooled off to about 130k over Saturday, earlier than climbing again as much as 150k final evening. Fairly spectacular stuff for a 14-year-old recreation.
TF2 wants no introduction, besides maybe to a gamer too younger to have skilled it in its heyday. Properly, if that’s you, now’s your likelihood: welcome to the TF2 renaissance. (Living proof: learn how we introduced with a lot fanfare in 2011, TF2 was going free to play, a real pioneer).
TF2’s largest drawback has at all times been bots, and the responses to the dev’s self-congratulation (beneath) on passing 150k proclaim is that a good portion of the 150k aren’t actual gamers. Honest sufficient, a number of folks ditched the sport due to the bots and are nonetheless bitter about it. However the spike within the recreation’s reputation isn’t due to extra bots, it’s really the alternative…
TF2 presently has 150k concurrent gamers on Steam for the primary time ever https://t.co/dpQogcKYtp
— Pavel Djundik (@thexpaw) June 25, 2021
On Wednesday evening, Valve up to date the sport with some new cosmetics and a few critical bot countermeasures. The latest peaks can in all probability be attributed to gamers wanting to take a look at if the bots are gone or not.
The decision appears to be sure, the bot inhabitants has shrunk quite a bit. Though in the event you go in search of them, you may nonetheless discover some servers with the identical human-to-robot ratio because the planet Mars.
TF2 in all probability received’t maintain these ranges of recognition perpetually, on condition that it’s peaked close to 150k earlier than after which dropped proper again right down to its 100k common. Its Twitch viewership has been largely useless this previous 12 months, which signifies that the sport’s not attracting new gamers for the time being. However that’s at all times prone to alter.