Upgrade to Premium Gift

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The Medic when receiving the gift.

The Upgrade to Premium Gift is a tool item. It is represented as a fictionalized, worn-out retail box copy of Team Fortress 2, featuring the Soldier's portrait and a peeling barcode sticker.

When used, it grants the user a premium account, giving them perks such as a 300 slot backpack, access to all crafting recipes, the ability to trade their items to other players, and use text and voice chat (in Valve official servers). When a player uses this item to turn their account into a premium one, they receive the option to thank a player for helping them out, granting that player the Professor Speks (or increasing the "New Users Helped" counter if they already own it). As long as the gifter is on the free account user's Steam friends list or in the same server, they are eligible to be chosen.


Update history

November 21, 2012 Patch

  • Added Upgrade to Premium Gift to the game.

March 19, 2013 Patch

  • Updated the backpack image for the Upgrade to Premium Gift.

June 10, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed a bug that would cause some players who used an "Upgrade to Premium" item to be unable to thank another player after upgrading. Accounts that were affected by this bug have been retroactively fixed and will have the option to thank a helpful player automatically next time they log in.


  • The item description is missing a period at the end.


  • Originally, the Upgrade to Premium Gift used a similar backpack icon as the Backpack Expander, but was tied with a red ribbon instead of leather straps and lacked the Heavy Duty Rag, Description Tag, and Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys.
  • The barcode sticker in the backpack icon lacks several common identifiable codes around it:
    • There is a very small bit of text under the barcode that reads *MAGGOTS*; however, you cannot read this normally due to the small size.[1]
    • The style of the barcode most resembles the Code 128 symbology, commonly used in packaging for consumer goods. However, the barcode's character set is overly simple for the symbology, and seems to print into gibberish.



  1. tf_materialSrc\materialsrc\backpack\crafting\gift_premium_highrestart.psd