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