Team Fortress 2 update lightly addresses bot problems

Following months of campaigning by Team Fortress 2 fans, Valve is finally taking action against the bot issues. Sort of, anyway.

On Thursday, an update for Team Fortress 2 came out. It addresses numerous exploits, including text chat clears, enabling cheats on official servers, teleporter swapping via class changes, a bizarre dispenser healing bug, and loads more. Some of these fixes only acknowledge decade-old glitches, but it’s a start.

For months, the Team Fortress 2 community has been screaming for Valve to address cheating and spamming brought about by bots. The “SaveTF2” campaign got a response from Valve recently, and this patch adds some means of combating bot nonsense. In particular, the two more vote kick options should help players boot bots. Removing mid-match name changes should help since bots often automatically rename themselves to actual players within matches. Check out the complete patch notes below.

June 21st 2022 Update Patch Notes. Thoughts? from tf2

None of this mentions bots specifically, but Valve likely is adding backend fixes too. Highlighting solutions in official patch notes could inadvertently let the people that make cheat problems come up with workarounds. Not that security through obscurity always works, but it’s worth keeping in mind.

Regardless, let’s hope this is only one of many Team Fortress 2 updates from Valve.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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