(10th anniversary community mosaic image courtesy of TF2 subreddit)

On October 9th, 2007, Team Fortress 2 was released to the world. Also some other games shipped too, in a game collection called The Orange Box, but between you and us, we were never really happy with how it was marketed:

And now, ten years, 624 updates, 100+ maps, 60 billion kills, 20 trillion in damage done, 6 billion items created, 2 billion headshots, and lots and lots of hats (so many hats) later, Team Fortress 2 celebrates a solid decade in gaming! Of course, there’s really nobody else to thank for that but you, the loyal player. Thanks for letting us share this ride with you! We have one of the best communities any game could ask for, and we’ve loved growing the game with all of you into the weird, wonderful thing it is today!

What’s next, you ask? We’re putting the finishing touches on a mammoth new update, and it’ll be shipping in the very near future, we promise. How near? Well, very. Imminent. Not this week imminent, but you know. Really soon.

Also, we should mention that Shapeways is launching a Valve Design Contest to reward the best designs with epic prizes from Valve and Shapeways. The grand prize winner will receive a Team Fortress 2 Grey Medic statue and $500 in Shapeways printing credit, so if you’re good at 3D design and like prizes, head on over and check it out!

Here’s to another decade!

Tip of the Hats 2017 is live this weekend! Join the fun September 22nd through the 24th, from 11am to 11pm PST, or check out the live stream on Twitch. Tip of the Hats is a charity event hosted and supported by members of the TF community. Since 2013, it has raised over $500,000 for Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. (COSI), which offers camps and other programs that allow kids with cancer to just be kids. With your help, COSI can offer these services at little to no cost to their families.

Click here to learn more, and follow their Twitter here!

The stage is set this Sunday for the thrilling conclusion of ETF2L’s Season 13 Highlander excitement. There have been some close matches this season, sadly many of which were not streamed. That changes now! TF2 podcast KritzKast teams up with Whitelist.tf to stream the mighty battle between feisty go-getters Strong Opinions and last season’s champions Super Dickmann’s KANNONEN!

You can catch every stab, punch, airshot and airblast live this Sunday, September 10th, at 21:15 CEST on KritzKast’s Twitch Channel!

Multiplay’s Insomnia Gaming Festival is traditionally one of the most prominent events in the TF2 esport calendar. i61 is no exception with the Team Fortress 2 Open featuring extraordinary players fighting for a share of the largest prize pool in TF2 this year.

Coverage of Insomnia 61 at the NEC in Birmingham, England spans August 25th – 28th. Three solid days of action cumulate in the two best teams of the event stepping up to the main stage to fight for the right to take home a big cardboard cheque.

If you can’t attend in person, you can watch all the action live on Twitch at Essentials.TF offering an exceptional and worldly lineup of shoutcasters and analysts.

Prepare yourself, the UGC League Fall Season is about to start! Come join the thousands of players that played last season for some competitive TF2 action! The first week of matches starts September 6th for 6v6, September 8th for 4v4 and September 11th for Highlander.

UGC has divisions across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. Players from any of these regions are encouraged to sign-up and join the fun! (Remember, September 19th is the last day that teams can sign up.) Visit the UGC website for more information.