Despite being released over 10 years ago, Team Fortress 2 still boasts one of the biggest player bases on Steam.
Today, the number of players peaked at 54,350 - placing the game at seventh on Steam's leaderboard of most-played games.
The responses have been, extremely disappointing to put it lightly & here is my response to the situation at hand pic.twitter.com/V5Rhe SZ8BC— Tagg (@That Guy Tagg) August 6, 2018 And the problems seem to extend far beyond the competitive TF2 community.
Workshop creator Juniper "Fuzzymellow", who identifies as non-binary, revealed they'd had to deal with transphobia within their TF2 projects and had witnessed doxxing, stalking and harassment within the workshop community.
To ETF2L Prem players Degu and Pred, what did I do to you guys that warranted Degu responding to my statement on my sexual abuse with a dismissive joke, while Pred responds to it by calling me a racist slur?
pic.twitter.com/q24T6ZWc Ss— uberchain (@uberchain) August 6, 2018 Unsurprisingly, this provoked outrage among those involved in the Team Fortress 2 community.
And behind the player count, there is still a significant esports community organised by a series of leagues unaffiliated with Valve.
TF2 players have run a small but passionate competitive community for several years.
Delacroix gave a detailed account of some of the emotional and sexual manipulation she'd experienced behind the scenes at LAN events.
Behind her back, players planned to try to sleep with her at LANs, and then refused to participate in events when she rejected their advances.
The very worst of the behaviour included sexual abuse. I thought they were more important over me to the scene I love and defend to this day, so I stayed quiet then. pic.twitter.com/rm IVIV7n ZY— uberchain (@uberchain) August 5, 2018 As if to prove Delacroix's point about toxicity in the community, two European Team Fortress 2 League (ETF2L) players, "degu" and "Pred," responded to her tweet with a dismissive joke and a racist slur.
The clip has been taken offline, but Eurogamer has seen the recording and can verify its existence.
Since this occurred, Tempalski stated Arekk has apologised, but the incident sparked an online discussion about toxic behaviour within the competitive community.