Voting is a game feature added in the Hatless Update on April 14, 2011 Patch. It enables any player to call a vote to enact a change on the server. The various voting options enable players to vote on a map change, to kick a particular player or to scramble the teams. Any player can initiate a vote by clicking on the checkbox icon in the main menu. A vote type can then be selected and the vote is put to all players present in the server.
The voting system was first introduced into the Team Fortress 2 Beta on March 9, 2011 Patch (Beta). Two later updates that included tweaks to the system were made available in the beta, before the system went live in Team Fortress 2 on April 14. Before this feature was added, the only way to change maps, kick, or ban players was via console commands, or using server mods.
There are five types of votes that can be called:
- Kick: Kick a selected player out of the server.
- RestartGame: Restarts the current round. If this comes to pass, then a notification will be given out to all players that the round will restart. A set number of seconds pass before a new round begins, neither team getting any points.
- ChangeLevel: The current map changes to the selected map.
- NextLevel: The next map is changed to the selected map. Unlike ChangeLevel, the current map doesn't end.
- ScrambleTeams: The players are put in a random team. Note that this will immediately scramble the teams, rather than wait until the end of the round. A notification is given to all players that a scramble will commence before it happens.
- Votes "Yes" on the current vote or chooses a map in a level vote. Client command is "vote option1".
- Votes "No" on the current vote or chooses a map in a level vote. Client command is "vote option2".
- Chooses a map in a level vote. Client command is "vote option3".
- Chooses a map in a level vote. Client command is "vote option4".
- Chooses a map in a level vote or extends the current map in a
NextLevelvote. Client command is "vote option5".
- Opens the dialog to call a vote. Is not bound by default.
Server-side variables can be set to adjust several elements of the voting engine. The following commands are made available:
- Enables or disables the voting system entirely. Defaults to
- Allow spectators to participate in votes. Defaults to
- Cooldown time (in seconds); the time that must pass after a vote fails for another to be initiated. Defaults to
- Allow kick votes to be called. Defaults to
- The length of time (in minutes) of the ban on the player if the kick vote is successful. Defaults to
5. Set to
0to disable the ban entirely and instead only kick the player.
- Allow the next level to be determined by vote. Defaults to
1(enabled). If called during a round, the map will change on round end. Not at the end of the timelimit for the map. Disabling this also disables the automatic end of map vote.
- Allow the next level vote to include an 'Extend' option. Defaults to
- Allow players to be presented with a list of lowest playtime maps to choose from. Defaults to
- Allow a vote that changes the map to the next level immediately to be initiated. Defaults to
- Allow a vote that restarts the round to be initiated. Defaults to
- Allow a vote that scrambles the teams to be initiated. Defaults to
The voting system uses a few sound clips to help show the progress of the voting.
- A vote was started.
- A player has voted yes.
- A player has voted no.
- Vote passed sucessfully.
- Vote failed to pass.