Racist spam bots are overwhelming Team Fortress 2's in-game chat.
As reported by Kotaku, one particular kind of bot called Myg0t has become particularly noticeable, filling chat with hate speech including that George Floyd deserved to die at the hands of “supreme race.”
The Team Fortress 2 community has started trying to tackle the problem itself, launching The TF2 Hacker Police to try and combat bots.
Fans feels that developer Valve has given up on the game in favour of more lucrative projects like fellow online titles Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The company has largely stayed quiet on the topic.
“There’s been more than enough time to even acknowledge this problem, and yet the TF2 team hasn’t seemed to even mention it on their blog or Twitter account,” one player said.
“Meanwhile, Valve continues to profit daily off the tens of thousands of everyday players that spend money on the game’s microtransactions. It’s unprofessional of Valve to continue to profit off of this game while showing absolute apathy to the racism and hate speech actively being cast upon their player base.”
Valve is one of the few games companies that hasn't voiced their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.