A lot of gamers say Team Fortress 2 is a dead game. This is actually something that was said over a decade ago in an interview, but the community is still thriving and sticking together stronger than ever! Why is this? What’s the secret to keeping the community alive?
To answer those questions, this reporter travelled into the Team Fortress 2 world at Copenhagen Games 2019, not expecting a whole lot. But I was pleasantly surprised from the very first greeting - welcomed with open arms, a positive attitude and big smiles. The TF2 area showed itself as a place with room for you to be yourself and be accepted for who you are.
I got the honour of speaking with the host of this years TF2 tournament who also attended Copenhagen Games last year, Jonathan “TurboTabs” Clark, whom I asked about the community and how the game is still a big part of LANs around the world:
- “I think of the player base within Team Fortress 2 as close knit family. Throughout the years you meet each other again and again – it’s always the same faces you meet and greet, of course, some faces will disappear and new ones will appear. But we still stay in contact as we have gotten really close to one another and have formed a lot of friendships over the years through LANs.”
He also pointed out that a lot of people, which we know from the mainstream esport scenes - whether that be CS:GO, Overwatch, casting or production - actually has their grassroots in the TF2 community. Something that doesn’t surprise me after spending time at the TF2 area at Copenhagen Games.
It is a sweet, welcoming and amazing group of people, an aspiration actually for communities. And yes, as much as the majority of us gamers believe the game might be dead, I understand after spending time with this community, that it’s not just about the game – it’s about people and meeting up with your friends to have a good time.
Their community was never about the hardcore esports like CS:GO, Dota or League of Legends. It was about meeting up at LANs and having fun. Something a lot of gaming communities have forgotten about in this growing phase within gaming and esport.
To all readers, I'll leave you with this: As a gamer myself, I’m grateful and thankful that there are still communities out there that cares this much about each other, which never forget why they started gaming - to have fun and make friends!