Valve, the American video game developer that brought you critically acclaimed games such as Counter Strike and DOTA 2, plans to kick off the first round of beta testing for Team Fortress 2‘s competitive matchmaking mode within the next week. The company stated this in the latest update on the Competitive Beta Steam Group. In the coming weeks, Valve promises to open up the new mode to select members of that group. This competitive matchmaking mode will entertain a lot of fans in the Esports community. It will also host limited-time stress tests with larger numbers of members.
“We know you’d all like to start testing now, and eventually we hope all of you will get a chance to play and share your thoughts,” Valve writes. “But remember that all testing happens in stages and right now we’re at stage one.”
Getting selected for beta testing involves a specific criteria set by Valve, the guidelines of which are as follows:
- Have either purchased a copy of Team Fortress 2 prior to June 23, 2011, or have made a purchase from the Mann Co. Store
- Have Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator enabled
- Have a phone number associated with your Steam account
The new mode should place people in games against similarly skilled players, a tactic that’ll open up some serious eSports potential for Team Fortress 2. While the game already has a competitive scene, it’s largely unofficial and is held back by a lack of proper matchmaking and ranking systems . Valve’s stance on Esports for TF2 is promising, it’s the company behind Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, after all. The International, Dota 2‘s world championship series, featured a prize pool of $18.4 million last year. There’s no doubt that Valve knows what it’s doing and that should lead TF2 into an era of Esports that will be undeniably exciting.
One thing’s for sure, Team Fortress 2 fans are in for a treat.
This was first reported by engadget.