Team Fortress 2 July 16 Update Counters Spambots, Patch Notes Here

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Yesterday, Valve released a small patch for their 13-year-old hero shooter Team Fortress 2. The patch is small in size and is mostly focused on bug fixing and adding new features. It also addresses a big problem in the game, Spambots. From now on, some new accounts will not be allowed to use the chat system in official matchmaking modes.

Valve is currently looking for ways to counter new accounts that are only made for abusive purposes. The update also added “Enable text chat” and “Enable voice chat” options in the Advanced Options settings. You can use these settings to turn off in-game text and voice chat.

Reporting players is now more detailed, and you will have more information about the person you reported. The Telefragger Toque is updated to fix the swapped materials bug. TF2VRG Headset now has on/off styles and some tournament medals are added and updated.

Team Fortress 2 July 16 Patch Notes

You can read the complete patch notes below or on the official site.

  • Restricted certain new accounts from using chat in official matchmaking modes
    • Work is ongoing to mitigate the use of new and free accounts for abusive purposes
  • Added "Enable text chat" and "Enable voice chat" options to the top of the Advanced Options dialog to disable in-game text and voice chat
  • Updated the Report Player dialog to include more details so players can make informed decisions about who they're reporting
  • Fixed getting the "Incoming message..." quest HUD notification when you've already completed all available quests
  • Fixed the OnDestroyed output not getting fired when an object is destroyed by the Red-Tape Recorder
  • Updated The Telefragger Toque to fix swapped materials
  • Updated The TF2VRH headset to include on/off styles
  • Updated the PASS Time Federation medals to fix issues with them not drawing correctly
  • Updated/Added some tournament medals
  • Updated the localization files

So what do you think? Have you encountered Spambots before? Do you think Valve should do more to counter them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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