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Valve fans happen to be rather persistent, don't you think? You'd assume that those who played Team Fortress 2 back in 2007 might have moved on to new hero shooters by now. From Valorant to Overwatch it's easy to trace the influences of TF2 in gaming trends 14 years after the game's release, and yet it's still a ridiculously successful shooter in its own right. And now, all this time later, somehow Team Fortress 2 has once again broken its concurrent player record on Steam.
Spotted by PCGamesN, SteamDB's stats showed that despite its age, Team Fortress 2 is doing very well for itself. Just yesterday (June 25) the game reached its all-time concurrent player high of over 150,000. This beats the previous record which was set only in December of 2020 of 147,360.
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So what has been drawing players back to the game? Well, it's not entirely clear actually, as PCGamesN notes that there is some debate about whether these numbers are even legitimate. A new patch was implemented into the game this week which added new cosmetics for this summer, so it could be that a lot of players, after a long 112 day-period without patches, wanted to see the new content.
Otherwise, there is speculation that it's bots making up a significant amount of the numbers. It could well be the case that it's coders using this time after the patch to make sure their bots are bypassing the anti-bot measures within the game. In any case, there are still going to be many a fan playing the game once again with this new update and it's nice to see such a pillar of the hero shooter still enjoying success.
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