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Hats Off to TF2 Cheaters

The Team Fortress 2 Blog announces that Valve will be removing all items earned using external idling applications in Team Fortress 2. As Hank Williams once sang: "When tears come down like fallin' rain, You'll toss around and call my name, You'll walk the floor the way I do, Your cheatin' hat will tell on you." Wait, maybe he said heart. Anyway, here's word:

Over the next few days we'll be removing all TF2 items that were earned using external idling applications. We're going to adopt a zero tolerance policy for external applications used to manipulate the persistent item system. Due to us not having a policy in place prior to today, this time we're only removing the items earned through cheating the system. Going forward, if we find users using external applications, we'll remove all of their items. If you're interested, only about 4.5% of the players in TF2's community will be affected by this cleansing process.

Meanwhile, everyone who took the moral high road will soon be finding a new hat in their inventory. We've also significantly increased the chance of finding any of the existing hats.

We realize there is a high level of demand for items, and we're still working on systems to allow you to find them in new ways (via Trading, and crafting duplicates into desired items). However, we need to draw the line at running external applications.

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8. Re: Hats Off to TF2 Cheaters Sep 2, 2009, 21:33 Nate
 
166 hours to get one hat? Thats crazy! Wonder what the new drop rate is...

Hope the push out the Soldier update real soon and follow it with Engineer. Been waiting forever for those.
 
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