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  • August 14, 2014 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Submissions Now Being Accepted for TF2 Merch Ever feel like today's fashion trends are lacking a little something? Like there aren't enough t-shirts with drunken ramblings printed on them? Okay but not drunken Demoman ramblings. Then come this way to submit your designs to the brand new Merchandise section in the Team Fortress 2 Workshop, and then buy them. Guaranteed to make you look 295% cooler.* (*no guarantees)
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Past events

  • June 5, 2014 - TF2 Official Blog updated. The Mann Co. Factory Floor As it turns out, making new weapons for a game isn't an exact science. Sometimes you fail, and sometimes you really fail. Take a peek into the minds of the TF2 Team as they share just how wrong (and sometimes right) things can go in weapon design.
  • May 2, 2014 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Catch Up With TF Comics! A lot of lore can stack up over seven years. Don't know your Administrators from your Poopy Joes? Or just dazed, confused, and have a blinding headache that gets worse when bright sunlight hits your eyes so you make do with a life of lying among the dust bunnies beneath your bed, only venturing out to check the official TF2 blog for updates? Then you're in luck. Take this comic and two aspirins, and everything will become clear.
  • July 10, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Move That Update Up! After a week of teasing, it's finally here! Redeem your Summer Claim Checks for Summer Coolers that contain the newest batch of community-contributed items, enjoy the new and improved maps, and play with the newly improved weapons that you never thought to use before!
  • July 9, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Move Those Votes Up! Ever wonder how Valve decides which items submitted to the workshop are shipped into the game? They give us their breakdown with a handy list of criteria and, yes, your votes do count. Also included is a sneak peak at one of the sixty-four items being shipped with the upcoming update.
  • July 5, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Move Those Maps Up! All good exploits must come to an end. An upcoming update will fix exploits in the majority of all official maps, including Badwater, and two more community maps, Process and Standin, are going to become official! Look forward to more news to come!
  • June 27, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Help Us Pay it Forward No item is made solely by one contributor without a little bit of help. As thanks, Valve is now allowing workshop contributors to share some of the profit from their item sales with some of the service providers who provided that help. Even better is Valve has decided to take this money from their own cut of the sales, so now there's no reason not to share some of your profits with those mentors that helped you along the way.
  • June 11, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog updated. There's never been a better time to submit Over ten million dollars have been paid out to over 400 community content creators and nearly $250,000 is slated to be paid out to the contributors behind the Robotic Boogaloo update. If you want to try and earn yourself some of that sweet hat money, now's the best time to submit your work to the Steam Workshop. The item submission tools have been greatly improved, and any item submitted with the tool will be given a gold star to show that it is compatible with TF2.
  • May 1, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog updated. SteamPipe: Just a Heads-Up SteamPipe, a new system that improves the way content is downloaded, updated and stored, is now officially live! The conversion process takes a few minutes, but faster uninterrupted downloads, quicker boot times and map loads, and easier distribution, installation and management of mods are well worth it. Read the FAQ for more informations.
  • April 2, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Don't Drink the Jarate "We don't normally post TF2 cosplay on the blog, for two reasons: 1) We'd quickly turn into a TF2 cosplay site; and 2) Our hearts are shriveled little prunes of hate." However, a group of amazing Team Fortress 2 cosplayers is featured on the blog, and you can find more pictures here.
  • April 1, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Business Time The TF2 Team tricked Reddit into thinking they bought Team Fortress 2 so that they could secretly buy Reddit instead. To celebrate this sneaky purchase, Reddit-themed items will be added to the game. Don't be too excited, though, this might be an April Fool joke like last time.
  • March 19, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog update. Future Shock Now you can wear a hat in real life while wearing a hat in Team Fortress 2! Virtual reality support has been added to the game, be sure to check it out!
  • January 28, 2013 - TF2 Official Blog updated. TF2 Action Figures Are Out Now! NECA released two new action figures based on the best, most popular team members: the Pyro and the Demoman. They are now available in the Valve Store, in Toys 'R' Us, FYE, Hastings, and on Amazon, so go get one before they are gone!
  • December 19, 2012 - TF2 Official Blog updated. New Adult Swim Gear Are you a fan of The Venture Bros. or Aqua Teen Hunger Force? Ever want to show everyone in the game just how big of a fan you are? Now you can, with some new gear arriving from the folks at Adult Swim! Check it out here.
  • December 11, 2012 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Well, Now I'm a Statue "I wish I'd read the fine print, since Mann Co. now owns my likeness rights until the year 7039." Gaming Heads has turned Sniper into a statue, and you can find more info from here.
  • October 17, 2012 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Attention, Cowards! Saxton Hale has taken time out of his busy day to address you - that's right, you - and your cowardice. If you are not a coward then this is not addressed to you, but otherwise you are in for a world of theoretical hurt.
  • August 16, 2012 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Introducing the TF2 Game Hub. Ever wanted to have TF2 screenshots, videos, discussions, news, blog posts and Steam Workshop submissions all mashed up in one place? No? Well, that's too bad, because Team Fortress 2 just got a game hub, which is part of the Steam Community update. While the entire update is only available in a closed beta, anyone can check out the new TF2 hub and get a taste of what's coming to Steam soon.
  • August 12, 2012 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Blood Brothers. In just 12 hours, the community has unveiled TF2's most complex ARG so far, which revealed a new comic a few weeks less than Valve had planned. Nice job, TF2 Community.
  • June 21, 2012 - TF2 Official Blog updated. How a Gun Gets Made. If maps are not fun enough to make, Jalcober still made a tutorial for other users on how to model, texture and submit your weapons for TF2. Meanwhile, the community discovered that if you craft two Banana Peels together, you get a secret message unique to each user. These codes resulted in this image. Find out more and keep up to date on the ARG article.
  • June 1, 2012 - TF2 Official Blog updated. How a Map Gets Made. Ever wonder how TF2 maps are made? Then you'll enjoy this breakdown of the thought process that goes into making a popular map. See how Gorge came about, from initial concept as rough sketches, all the way to the final product.
  • April 7, 2012 - A new Valve-related encyclopaedia, the Ricochet Wiki, is launched by our community! Start editing it now, but be careful to not fall off your pad or get hit by an incoming disc while editing!
  • March 28, 2012 - TF2 Official Blog updated. You Are Quite Welcome. Nothing beats a hat. Except of course, maybe hats that show off how great you are, or hats that only last one day. Well you're in luck, because the Per Diem Perk has just begun! The players with most duel wins, Map Stamps purchased, and gifts handed out are going to receive special one-of-a-kind hats that last one day each! Now you too can own a one-of-a-kind hat without having to win an art contest or invent Minecraft! Plus, if you thought Strange weapons didn't track enough stats, that's about to change! All you need is to do is use a Strange Part on your favorite Strange weapon and you'll be ready to use math to explain exactly how much better you are than other people!
  • February 2, 2012 - TF2 Official Blog updated. TF2012! Time for a TF2 version of the State of the Union address! First up, the TF2 team confirm they have top men working on a top secret project....that does not involve hats?! The Steam Workshop now has a Steam group which can be found here. Meet the Pyro is confirmed to be out sometime this year, so look out for it in 2014! And finally the Second Annual Saxxy Awards is back and better than ever. How? You'll just have to wait to find out.
  • November 14, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. We want holiday-themed community items!. Ah, November. That special time of year when subtle insinuations hinting at the approach of a certain holiday begin to manifest themselves, and Mann Co. prepares new shipments of festive merchandise for the discriminating mercenary. It's the perfect time for the community to demonstrate their passion for the festive season and contribute themed items to the Steam Workshop! So stop pine-ing away in your Claus-trophobic basements, and start creating some community content!
  • August 9, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Introducing Steam Trading Beta Hats piling up? Ready to trade them away for cold, hard...video games? You're in luck - Steam Trading Beta is now live! Players who opt into this service will be able to securely trade their Team Fortress 2 inventory and Steam gifts with others who opt in to the beta. Steam Community profiles of Beta participants have been upgraded with a backpack viewer and additional tabs displaying any Steam gifts available for trading. Opting into Steam Trading Beta also alows players to conduct item trades directly through the Steam interface without launching Team Fortress 2. Get to trading, or read the Trading Beta FAQ for more details!
  • July 1, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Summer Sale! It's officially Summer in TF2 land, and you know what that means: more STUFF! Put on your shades and open those Refreshing Summer Coolers you traded all your metal away for and get awesome new hats, miscellaneous items, and a mailbox. Plus, the blog hints at the possibility of a second miscellaneous item slot! So get your spurs, badge, and hat ready, because the Engineer is about to become a full-on Sheriff.
  • June 20, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. The Über Update, Day One. This is it: Meet the Medic is finally, officially coming, along with the largest update in Team Fortress 2 history! Day One, aka Mobster Monday, starts off with the revelation of two new class packs, Black Market Business for the Heavy, and The Man of Honor for the Spy, and a new Payload map, Barnblitz! While you're at it, check out the blog's snazzy new redesign, including the gorgeous Artwork section. And guess what: TF2 is F2P for a week! Invite your poor, Irish friends to get some hats and kill some mercenaries while they can!
  • June 14, 2011 - Spiral Knights promo item! If you unlock the achievement "Mission Accomplished" for Spiral Knights, you'll get a new item for the Soldier: the Spiral Sallet. Did we mention Spiral Knights is free?
  • May 23, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Battle Voting Continues! When Valve closed the submission deadline last Thursday, they had received tens of thousands of videos submitted for the Saxxy Awards! But now, the Saxxys approach the end of the Battle Voting, on May 26th, so vote while you can! The most voted videos will then be selected by Valve, allowing the community to vote one more time to decide who'll take the Saxxy. Until then, keep on voting!
  • May 5, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. The Replay Update. Valve releases the next major TF2 update. Introducing the Replay Update! Now it's even easier than ever before to make exciting videos of your greatest losses and most humiliating victories. Demonstrate your movie directing skills by entering to win a Saxxy Award, with over twenty categories to choose from. And in case that wasn't enough, there's a new comic to read and ten new hats to wear. Have fun, and good luck to all who enter the contest!
  • April 14, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. The Hatless Update Despite the sayings and even the threats, the TF2 Team proves TF2 is no one-trick pony and releases the Hatless Update, an update with zero new hats! Introducing the coaching and voting systems, training for more classes, class-specific duels, dynamic model loading, server-Steam ID association, bot improvements, voice chat improvements and even paint improvements, plus several item tweaks and a new map: KOTH_Badlands! Enjoy the update, but watch your back, because Spy-Bot is feeling more devious than ever.
  • April 8, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Charity Results The TF2 Team raised $430,543.65 with all the donations from the Japan Charity Bundle, and would like to thank the TF Community for their generous acts! The Unusual Hat Club also raised more $3,000 for Japan through their Hats for Help campaign. Thank you everyone who took part in this charity!
  • March 29, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Hats For Help Sales from the Japan Charity Bundle have raised over $300,000 so far in support of the American Red Cross's disaster relief efforts in Japan. This is fantastic news, and a testament to the generosity and awesomeness of the Team Fortress 2 community. Well done, and keep up the great efforts! And just as a reminder, the Japan Charity Bundle will be available in the Mann Co. Store until April 6.
  • February 14, 2011 - TF2 Official Blog updated. It's Monday. Valve posts Benjamuffin's song about Tom Bui again (third time) as they sing about the latest updates in the TF2 community. First, United Kingdom Community Servers is holding a Knockout Cup. Next, ESL announces a 1v1 Scout Cup, with the signups still open for all of you scatterbrained speedniks. Finally, a mysterious individual known as SlienceMaster shows off a real life hat. But wait, you ask. How is it possible that someone made a hat in real life? By basing it off of a preexisting hat, of course.
  • December 27, 2010 - Team Fortress 2 is chosen as PCGamer UK's Online Game of the Year, 3 years after release! Well done Valve! Keep up the awesome stuff that keeps us coming back!
  • December 17, 2010 - TF2 Official Blog updated.  Aye! Me bottle o'scrumpy! Anon! The Australian Christmas update is here! A ton of new items have been added to the game, as well as a new game mode! Three more Polycount packs have been put in game, including "The Medi-eval Medic," "The Hibernating Bear," and "The Expert's Ordnance"! Keys have been added for the Festive crates! New game mode: Medieval Mode, where you can use nothing but ye olde weapons! And you can donate to mappers you like, and get a hat in exchange! Wow! Aren't you glad we all live in the Wonderful World of Oz?
  • November 5, 2010 - TF2 Official Blog updated. TF2 Maintenance - November 9 - 1pm PST. The TF2 team updates us on item system downtime on Tuesday, November 9th [1] from 1pm PST and an hour and a half on, leaving Backpacks, Loadouts, Trading, the Mann Co. Store and Crafting unavailable for the period. Additionally, all API users should note that item IDs are moving during the same maintenance block. Conveniently provided is a Steam Users' Forums thread with updates.
  • October 14, 2010 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Sandwich and I are coming for you! Valve announces the winners of the Art Pass Contest, as well as some honorable mentions. Congrats to YM and 3DNJ for winning! Special mentions to Acegikmo, Gooba, honeymustard, and TerabyteST for their excellent work. Valve also links to an ESEA S6 highlight reel.
  • August 24, 2010 - TF2 Official Blog updated. The healing is not as rewarding as the hurting! A contest where YOU write hat descriptions, with the winning entries appearing in-game? AND a new TF2 cross-promotion for buying Worms:Reloaded? Wow! It gets you a hat and holy hands grenades! Plus, Valve takes some competitive scene notes.
  • July 19th 2010 - Do you like hats? Do you like free games? Do you like blasting away waves of alien parasites with your friends? Do you REALLY like hats?? Then check out Alien Swarm, a free game from Valve that comes with a TF2 hat-bearing achievement! Don't you LOVE hats???
  • June 30th 2010 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Listen! Calm before the storm: Check out the entries for the Polycount Contest! Also commemorates the TF2 Wiki at its newer, more official, less confrontational home.
  • June 9th 2010 - TF2 Official Blog updated. Tomorrow.. Big things happening at Valve. Things like the release of TF2 on Mac, 10th June 2010.
  • May 20th 2010 - More Contribute! items added. 10 new hats, 2 new weapons, and 1 new misc. item. Congrats guys.
  • December 17th 2009 -  TF2 Official Blog updated three times - VI Day Declared, Soldier wins the War on the Demomen, claiming the new Gunboats item as his own - Two new maps revealed, Gorge and Doublecross - The War Update goes live, have fun!

April Fool's Day Events

  • April 1, 2011 -  Introducing, the first annual Australium April Update, adding a new weapon and playable class! First up, forget the Holy Mackerel, and come check out the newest TF2 weapon, the cow. Originally hailing from 2fort, the cow is ready for battle, inflicting bleeding and milk upon your enemies. Also added is the first ever playable character addition, the Demopan! Equipped with his trusty Stout Shako and Frying Pan, this trading expert can interrupt team communications with trade requests. Enjoy the update!