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access_time July 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM in News by Dragos Dobre

Valve cracking down on idle Team Fortress 2 players

Valve is done being patient with AFK Team Fortress 2 player and plans to punish them. Starting today, with the implementation of the latest update in the game, player who don’t actively play the game will no longer be awarded with items.

Being idle will not result in a permanent or temporary ban, but will stop players who idle in the game on purpose. If you feel like you need more details, Valve has made a small Q&A which is available below:

Questions and Answers:

  • What is the definition of “actively playing” Team Fortress 2?
    • From an item drop perspective, a player is considered to be actively playing if they meet all of the following criteria:
      • Is connected to a VAC secured server.
      • Is responding to in-game drop notifications while not utilizing external programs to do so.
      • Is running only one instance of the game.
      • Is not in textmode.
    • A player who meets all of those criteria is earning time towards random item drops (subject to the weekly cap).
  • Will I be VAC banned for not actively playing the game, also known as ‘idling’?
    • No, you will not be banned for just idling. You may be banned if you use external programs to circumvent idle detection. See VAC FAQ.
  • Will I lose my drops if I’m idling? Will it affect my weekly drop cap?
    • No, drops are not lost and the drop cap remains unaffected. Players will simply have their item drops paused. Item drops will return when normal play is resumed.
  • Why are you changing how the Item Drop System works?
    • This change is designed to make the TF2 experience equally rewarding for all players. The previous system had flaws that allowed players to collect rewards without actively playing TF2.
  • I don’t idle. How does this impact me?
    • The new system ensures you won’t become disadvantaged for playing TF2 the way you always have.

    Source: Valve


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