Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed a client crash related to the particle system
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Fixed a client crash related to the particle system
PC Gamer

The Steam Workshop is a giant thing, containing over 24,000 Skyrim mods, over 413,000 Portal 2 levels and, for some reason, over 100 Goat Simulator characters and mutators. It's also a profitable thing. Team Fortress 2, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive all have curated Workshops—letting players pick the community-made items that will go on sale in the game.

Valve has now announced that, since the launch of the Workshop in 2011, the total payments to individuals for the creation of in-game items has surpassed $57 million.

Previously, only Valve games had curated item Workshops—something Valve attributes to the "sheer number of challenges required in order to scale to a global audience of creators and players". Seemingly, these hurdles have been overcome, as the Workshop is now hosting curated item Workshops for Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Dungeon Defenders: Eternity.

"Purchases of this great new content directly enables those community members to continue practicing their craft and making more awesome content," writes Valve, before going on to say that they expect more curated Workshops in "the coming weeks and months".

Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed a client crash related to Spies disguising as players and then switching their disguise weapon
  • Fixed a bug related to overhead icons disappearing (Nemesis, Dueling Partner, Powerups, Coach/Student)
  • Fixed wrapped Giftapult packages not having the "Deliver Gift" option in the context menu
  • Fixed some taunt sound effects that were clipping the character lines
  • Fixed a bug with Dead Ringer cloak meter being lowered to 40% after Super Armor duration ends when cloak was extended via pickups or the L'Etranger
  • Removed the promo restrictions from the Brimstone
  • Added TF2Connexion Season 14 tournament medals
  • Updated the localization files
  • Mannpower mode changes:
    • New temporary powerup – Uber. Respawns at 1/3rd the speed of Crit powerup
    • Fixed some bugs that would cause powerups to stop spawning
    • Fixed the Action Slot key behaving different for the grapple hook depending on the setting for hud_fastswitch
    • Powerup changes:
      • Vampire: Flamethrower and Minigun return 80% of damage back as health instead of 100%
      • Warlock: Added 25% damage resistance. 100% of sentry damage is now reflected back to the sentry
      • Vampire and Warlock max health buffs are now additive (+80hp and +100hp) instead of multiplicative (x1.4 and x1.5)
      • Haste: Sticky bomb arm time reduced
      • Precision and Haste: Sniper rifles now have quicker damage ramp-up and re-zoom after shooting
      • Precision: Sniper rifles now have double damage. Increased blast weapon clip size by 50%
    • Scoring Support
      • Capture flag: +20 points
      • Return team flag: +4 points
      • Kill an enemy who is carrying a powerup: +1 point
    • Flag mechanics
      • Captured flags now take 12 seconds to re-emerge from the ground so they can't be stolen again right away
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Fixed a client crash related to Spies disguising as players and then switching their disguise weapon
  • Fixed a bug related to overhead icons disappearing (Nemesis, Dueling Partner, Powerups, Coach/Student)
  • Fixed wrapped Giftapult packages not having the "Deliver Gift" option in the context menu
  • Fixed some taunt sound effects that were clipping the character lines
  • Fixed a bug with Dead Ringer cloak meter being lowered to 40% after Super Armor duration ends when cloak was extended via pickups or the L'Etranger
  • Removed the promo restrictions from the Brimstone
  • Added TF2Connexion Season 14 tournament medals
  • Updated the localization files
  • Mannpower mode changes:
    • New temporary powerup Uber. Respawns at 1/3rd the speed of Crit powerup
    • Fixed some bugs that would cause powerups to stop spawning
    • Fixed the Action Slot key behaving different for the grapple hook depending on the setting for hud_fastswitch
    • Powerup changes:
      • Vampire: Flamethrower and Minigun return 80% of damage back as health instead of 100%
      • Warlock: Added 25% damage resistance. 100% of sentry damage is now reflected back to the sentry
      • Vampire and Warlock max health buffs are now additive (+80hp and +100hp) instead of multiplicative (x1.4 and x1.5)
      • Haste: Sticky bomb arm time reduced
      • Precision and Haste: Sniper rifles now have quicker damage ramp-up and re-zoom after shooting
      • Precision: Sniper rifles now have double damage. Increased blast weapon clip size by 50%
    • Scoring Support
      • Capture flag: +20 points
      • Return team flag: +4 points
      • Kill an enemy who is carrying a powerup: +1 point
    • Flag mechanics
      • Captured flags now take 12 seconds to re-emerge from the ground so they can't be stolen again right away
PC Gamer

Valve is pretty much an unknowable obelisk: giant, powerful and unfeelingly silent. Due to this absence of communication, the few voices that do emerge from the studio are amplified ten-fold. Hence why you may recognise the name Yanis Varoufakis. During his time as Valve's economist-in-residence, he ran a blog dedicated to analysing and explaining the studio's virtual economies.

Now, Varoufakis has a new job. He's today been named Greece's finance minister.

Varoufakis was at Valve from 2012-2013. Despite not playing games, he said in his introductory post that he was fascinated by the virtual economy Valve had built—specifically that it was an economy with hard data for every transaction. "Think of it: An economy where every action leaves a digital trail, every transaction is recorded;" he wrote at the time. "Indeed, an economy where we do not need statistics since we have all the data!"

Through Varoufakis's analysing, we learned how gifting played a part in TF2's economy, how a sophisticated bartering and arbitration formed around trades, and how Valve doesn't even fire people like a normal company.

Varoufakis's role as finance minister is quite a departure from the academic study of non-existent headwear. Greece was hard-hit by the economic crisis, leading to a debt crisis that has resulted in high unemployment and bankruptcy. Varoufakis himself is seen as a radical—one who has referred to austerity measures as "fiscal waterboarding".

That, though, is the purview of serious political reporters. As a videogame reporter, I feel it's my responsibility to do something dumb. Here, then, is a series of suggestions Varoufakis could take from his days at Valve that would instantly, definitely, fix Greece's economy.

  • Randomly give a fish on a stick to citizens as they go about their day. Also, sometimes a trilby.
  • If you set a hat on fire it is worth more money. Because reasons.
  • All trade will now be based on the conversion rate: Two Refined = Stout Shako.
  • The most valuable thing you can own is now a decapitated rabbit's head.
  • Abolish physical crop exports. Switch to digital :weed: exports. They're worth more.
  • The Trojan Horse, but with Crates.
  • Make Half-Life 3
Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed a problem with the how the server reports gamestats
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Fixed a problem with the how the server reports gamestats
Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Added the TF Tomb contest winners and runners-up to the Mann Co. Store
  • Fixed AE_CL_BODYGROUP_SET_VALUE animation events not working properly
    • Fixes the Demoman's sticky note not drawing, Soldier's rocket reload missing the rocket, etc.
  • Fixed an exploit related to the Sniper’s scope HUD panel
  • Fixed being able to pick-up buildings while reloading the Panic Attack
  • Fixed the Medic not being able to deploy a Quick-Fix/Vaccinator charge while carrying the flag
  • Fixed the Professor Speks moving around on the Soldier's face
  • Added the Pubstars vs. Pros 6vs9 medal
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Added the TF Tomb contest winners and runners-up to the Mann Co. Store
  • Fixed AE_CL_BODYGROUP_SET_VALUE animation events not working properly
    • Fixes the Demoman's sticky note not drawing, Soldier's rocket reload missing the rocket, etc.
  • Fixed an exploit related to the Sniper s scope HUD panel
  • Fixed being able to pick-up buildings while reloading the Panic Attack
  • Fixed the Medic not being able to deploy a Quick-Fix/Vaccinator charge while carrying the flag
  • Fixed the Professor Speks moving around on the Soldier's face
  • Added the Pubstars vs. Pros 6vs9 medal
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