eSports is a big market, with every game looking to get in on the action with their own competitions and every game that’s released seeming to include competitive multiplayer in order to drag you into the world of competitive gaming. eSports are a serious sport for many with players being banned for everything from cheating to throwing games. It’s rare though to see well-established games enter the scene, no matter how much their gameplay leads to competitive gaming, but since when have Valve been ones to follow the trend and not do something different.
The popular game of Team Fortress 2 was made free to play in 2011 in the hopes of attracting more players to the fast paced (and sometimes comedic) gameplay of the class based shooter. You can now be selected for the Competitive beta stream group if you are randomly selected, but you will need three things first.
- You need to have either made a purchase from the Mann Co. Store or purchased Team Fortress 2 before June 23rd, 2011
- You will need to have Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator enabled on your account
- You will need to have a phone number associated with your Steam account.
With these measures in place, you could soon see yourself playing competitive games against other people of the same skill level, offering everything from the wacky life of the pyro to the expensive trading of hats. With competitive gaming being a big market for both gamers and developers alike, and with Valve already in the market with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, do you think Team Fortress will make with so many other games all striving to be King of eSports?