Team Fortress 2 community earns $2 million through in-game market

Valve celebrates fourth year of Team Fortress 2 with improved features and an item submission system; reveals community item creators have made over $2 million.

Last year Valve introduced microtransactions to its well-regarded online multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2 via the Mann Co. in-game store, which lets gamers spend real-world cash on in-game items as well as design and sell their own creations.

Hey dude, where'd you get that sweet hat?

One year since the introduction of Mann Co., Valve has revealed that Team Fortress 2 community creators have collectively earned $2 million from selling their in-game designs.

To celebrate, Valve has announced the first annual "Manniversary Update and Sale," which will see several new features added to the game.

The first is the introduction of Steam Workshop, an improved item submission system that will be fully integrated with the Steam community and will let community item-creators test, share, and track the status of their creations. According to Valve, the entire TF2 community will also be allowed to participate by browsing, rating, and offering feedback on all submitted items.

In addition, the update will include 30 new hats and cosmetic items, an item decal system, weeklong try-before-you-buy item tryouts, loadout presets, multiple miscellaneous item slots, improved game performance, and a new taunt.

Valve also revealed that "almost" everything in the Mann Co. in-game store will be on sale until Monday, October 17.

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18 comments
aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

so, how many of those gamers actually declared that income to the tax office?

ZeRo2545
ZeRo2545

@nyran125 You pay for internet so you can view pixels online. Same concept, get over it and stop worrying about other peoples business.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

@ nyran125 Welcome to the World of Online Gaming. :|

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

@nyran125 these 3d generated items are made by good artist if it is bad then why did it sell great? besides 3d generated games mean nothing too.

thedemon44
thedemon44

@nryan125 because sometimes $5 is burning a hole in the pocket.

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

You learned your lesson, kids? If you want to get rich, and do it fast, just make a hat.

nyran125
nyran125

I just .............dotn undrerstand..........why people..........care about 3D generated items that meen NOTHING!!!! Yes that goes for Diablo and World of Warcraft also. I meen they are just 3D generated itms in a video game. Why do you even care enough to pay real money for a 3D generated item? that as soon as you uninstall for a new OS, its all gone or you decide to play another game and never play it again, all those silly generated items youve paid for meen nothing.

zzamaro
zzamaro

wish i had that money

Raxyman
Raxyman

Well, Valve is good with customers, but aren't altruistic either, money had to come from somewhere right? Anyway, i'd love if they started. Working. On. Friggin. HALF LIFE 3!!! Or episode three.

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

@TJS52 Oh god no!! Shut up!! thats the worst gaming delivery that the world has known (for consumers).

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

Valve, I like you, but this hat simulator is getting ridiculous. Bring out the Halloween event, and make it as great as last year!

TJS52
TJS52

I had my doubts but maybe free to play is the future of online gaming

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

TF2 is fun, but the new update just keeps crashing on me and im so angry. :\. Guess another update would come soon.