Come out to the Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California this weekend to experience some of the most competitive PC and Console shooters of the last decade. Esports Arena Rewind will showcase TF2, Halo: Combat Evolved and Shadowrun, with teams from all over the world including, Se7en, Jasmine Tea, Froyotech, EVL Gaming, Meat Market, and Street Hoops Esports. Click here to check out the tournament schedule.

Bouts start at 10am PST on Saturday with grand finals at 4pm on Sunday, so get out to Santa Ana or watch it streamed here.

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 bug related to changing teams that caused various issues related to weapon projectiles, Engineer buildings and game modes
  • Fixed using the wrong thumbnail images for pass_district, pass_timbertown, and pl_swiftwater
  • Fixed the developer commentary audio files not being played properly
  • Fixed not being able to taunt with the Cleaner’s Carbine
  • Added the LBTF2 6v6 Season 14 tournament medals
  • Added an option to hide the ‘View Promotional Codes’ button in the main menu
    • Can be toggled in the Adv. Options menu under the Miscellaneous Options section
  • Updated the models/materials for the Special Snowflake 2016 and the Gift of Giving 2016 community medals
  • Updated Mann vs. Machine mode
    • Fixed a case where late-joining a Mann Up match during the final wave could result in erroneously receiving a ten minute cooldown
    • Fixed a bug causing Invader’s buildings to blow up if another Invader building of the same type is destroyed after the Engineer has died

Note missed from the Smissmas update:

  • Fixed security issue reported by Amat Cama via GeekPwn

The lag a lot of you are experiencing on our servers is a problem with TF2 and seems to be happening on all TF2 servers.

Going into advanced options and turning on "TargetID – disable floating healthbars" will fix the lag when you look at your teammates.

I am not too sure on how to fix the lag when you look at the scoreboard/die, though. If anyone knows, please comment!

Hopefully this fixes soon. We have no control over this.

Prepare yourself, the UGC League Winter Season is about to start! Join the thousands of teams that played last season for some competitive TF2 action! The first week of matches starts January 23rd for Highlander, January 25th for 6v6 and January 27th for 4v4.

UGC has divisions across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Players from any of these regions are encouraged to test their skill and join the fun! Remember, January 31st is the sign up deadline. Visit the UGC website for more information.

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 Winter 2016 Cosmetics Collection items not being marketable

Note missed from the previous update:

  • The CELT voice codec is now the default for all game servers
    • Community servers can enable use of the older steam voice codec with sv_use_steam_voice 1

In the classic Smissmas story “The Gift of the Magi”, a girl sells all of her hair to a hair warehouse to buy her boyfriend a watch chain, but in a shocking twist, he looks at his watch and remembers she’s bald and it’s time to break up with her. That’s when the Magi show up, and it is a BLOODBATH.

The point is, giving people gifts can bite you in the ass. Too much potential for twist endings. So this Smissmas, why not sit back, scroll down, and leave the gift-giving to us.

New Festivizer Weapons

The Festivizer now has more weapons it can festivize, including the Fire Axe, The Jag, The Kritzkrieg, Pistol, The Quick-Fix, Natascha, The Sandman, The Spy-cicle, Kukri, Shovel and The Scottish Resistance.

New Winter-Themed Community Cosmetics

We’re shipping 17 new community cosmetics in the limited-time keyless Winter 2016 Cosmetic Case. Plus, The Festivizer can now be found as a bonus drop when opening the Winter 2016 Cosmetic Case.

New Taunts

Two new community taunts—The Scotsmann’s Stagger and The Didgeridrongo—and one new Valve taunt, The Table Tantrum, are now available in the Mann Co. Store.

Casual Match Improvements

At the end of a Casual match, players will now be automatically formed into a new match with the same players and teams. You’ll also get to vote on which map the new match will take place on.

New Autobalancing System

We’re introducing a new autobalance system for Casual Matches and community servers that asks for volunteers to switch sides. Casual matches will reward you for switching teams by giving you the chance to earn bonus XP!

Big Sale in the Mann Co. Store

It wouldn’t be Smissmas without the Spirit of Practically Giving. Look for 20%-75% off selected unlocked cosmetic crates, taunts, and tools in the Mann Co. Store through January 11th, 2017.

And last but not least… Stocking stuffers for everyone! Merry Smissmas! See you in 2017!