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Team Fortress 2 hits record 151k concurrent players on Steam

Team Fortress 2 hits record 151k concurrent players on Steam

Valve's free-to-play shooter Team Fortress 2 hit a brand new concurrent user record last week.

According to SteamDB – and pointed out by the site's creator Pavel Djundik on Twitter – the title boasted 151,253 simultaneous players at around 19:50 BST on Friday, June 25th. This comes in the wake of Valve making a few changes to hinder Team Fortress 2's growing and persistent problem with bots in the game. That's on top of some minor cosmetic additions.

Last year, the bots in Team Fortress 2 started to grow in number and, erm, racism. In June 2020, it was reported that racist bots were running rampant in the game at the same time that the Black Lives Matter movement was picking up around the world following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police office Derek Chauvin. Valve introduced a fix to try and tackle the problem, namely by stopping new players from using chat.

In September, the Team Fortress 2 community introduced anti-cheating bots.

Team Fortress 2 was launched back in 2007 as part of Valve's The Orange Box compilation that also featured Half-Life 2 and its expansions, as well as Portal.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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