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This year's Invite series of the Challengers Cup gets underway Sunday, October 4th! Four teams battled it out through the qualifier tournament to prove themselves worthy to take on the European juggernauts of [R]eason Gaming, Epsilon eSports, The Last Resort, and Full Tilt. The eight best teams in Europe will be fighting to secure the $1500 prize pool kindly donated by the good folks from Razer. Catch all the airshots, headshots, and meatshots that Europe has to offer from can offer! Catch all the action on teamfortress.tv from 12:00 PM EST Sunday, October 4th.
The United Gaming Clans' (UGC) Fall 2015 season is about to start! The first week of matches starts September 28th for Highlander, September 30th for 6's and October 2nd for 4v4. UGC has over 8,000 players in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand, so sign up now and join the fun! October 6th is the last day that teams can sign up. Visit the UGC website for more information.
First off, a reminder that the Gun Mettle campaign is ending (the last new contracts drop September 30th), so if you want to complete those contracts you'd better get to work. Speaking of getting to work, the TF2 team is busy putting together the next major update, which should be out by the end of the year. It'll feature new maps, cosmetics, and a new campaign with contracts and weapon collections. We re also working on things like competitive matchmaking, perf, balance improvements and moving Mannpower Mode out of beta with a new map.
Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed that there s something missing from that list: Halloween. The reality is, if we produce a holiday-specific event map this year, it means we'll have to stop working on everything else. So: We ve decided to turn Halloween mostly over to you. This year s Halloween Update will be a showcase of all the best Halloween-themed community content (items, maps, taunts and unusuals) you guys can come up with. We ll also be activating every one of our past six Halloween Updates, so there'll still be plenty of spooky holiday-themed game modes to play.
Over the next month we ll be looking through the Workshop for anything tagged Halloween , so if you ve been working on an item you think would be perfect, make sure you get it submitted and tagged before October 18th, 2015.
Plus, if you didn t already have enough incentive to submit to the Workshop, we re changing our restrictions on Halloween items this year. Normally they re only visible to players on Halloween and full moons. This year, all newly selected Halloween-themed items will have NO restrictions put on them, and may be viewed year round. (So don't get too gross or out-there with your submissions.)
Well, back to work! We ve been incorporating plenty of great community feedback from our last update, so the next one should be even better.
Item donations are now open for Tip of the Hats, an annual charity livestream event hosted by the Team Fortress 2 community. Cash donations will begin on Saturday, September 12th. The event streams at twitch.tv this September 19th at 12:00 PM EST. Last year's event boasted over 500,000 unique viewers and raised over $100,000 towards One Step Camp, a program that gives camp experiences and other programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. It's a worthy cause, and this year's event promises to be the most ambitious yet! Be sure to tune in, and don't forget to donate!
Actually, let's not focus on how long it's been. The important thing is Issue #5's out! The last two should be coming out a little quicker.