Hugs.tf -- an annual TF2 charity event supporting Special Effect -- is returning on April 21st and runs through April 22nd. Although it's not live yet, you can get in on the action early, as donations are now open!
As usual, you can donate with either cash or TF2 items. There is a spiffy medal up for grabs for anyone who donates a combined total of £10 or above. This threshhold can be reached by donating through any method (for example, donating £5 in cash and £5 in items will earn you a medal).
A great crowd gathers, desperate for knowledge. Nobody dares be the first to speak. Finally, a single voice, in the distance: "what's TF2PL?" Others, emboldened by this brave lonely loner, join in. "What are instant prizes?", they say. "What's season 2?", others -- greater in number -- demand to know. In a great chorus, "what exactly is $1,500?" breaks out, each voice more frantic and confused than the last. The hunger for answers grows to a deafening roar.
Luckily, I have answers for you! TF2 ProLeague (or TF2PL) is TF2's latest up-and-coming competitive scene. Running on the FACEIT platform, TF2PL offers ranked play at all stages of competitive experience -- from Beginner to Invite. Starting with Season 2, they're opening up their European League for public play.
Also coming with Season 2 is an official ScrapTF Sponsorship! We've got $1,500 in prizes to give out, and everybody has a good chance to win them (promise!)
Here's how it works: at the end of a match, every player on the winning team has a chance to win a Marketplace.tf gift card, which can be activated by the winner, or the code can be given as a gift to friends. Every division is eligible to win gift cards, so why not try it out?
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Exciting news! TF2Center's Archimedes Cup is back for a second round, and you could be the grand prize winner! The Archimedes Cup is a tournament targeted specifically at players with no competitive experience besides TF2Center. (If you've never played on TF2Center, maybe just watch this time around!)
The event is being sponsored by ScrapTF, who are providing $1,000 in cash prizes to the top teams. Streaming of the event will be done by Essentials.tf, with Serveme.tf providing servers. The event will run from March 16th to March 23rd.
For full details, check out the event page.
Heals 4 Reals is a new charity event taking place Saturday and Sunday, 9AM to 6:30PM PST both days. Tune in for some rocket jumping, an ultiduo tournament, and more, all benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. You can watch the event when it's live on the KritzKast Twitch Channel.
In addition, they've partnered with ScrapTF to provide item donations for the event. Just like with Tip of the Hats, you can donate TF2 items and they'll be converted directly into cash and sent to charity.
You can read more, and donate items or money, here.
You may have seen the rumblings about Net Neutrality and the FCC lately; if you're an American citizen, this is incredibly important. In this blog post I'll explain what Net Neutrality is, why you should care about its undoing, and how you can help. If you already know this information, but just want a quick link to how you can help: click here.
"Net Neutrality" is a set of rules governing ISPs (Internet Service Providers; the company you pay to access the internet). Essentially, it forces them to treat all internet traffic as the same. They can only charge you to access the internet; they aren't allowed to charge you depending on which websites you view. In addition, it prevents them from prioritizing some websites' speed in favor of others. For example, if Comcast were to create a Netflix competitor, without Net Neutrality, they would be able to throttle Netflix's speed for Comcast customers and essentially force their customers to use their version. That's not good!
If you use the internet, this will be bad. Imagine paying $50/mo for base internet service, but if you want to access Facebook, you'll need to pay $10/mo extra. If you want to access Google, another $5. Want to visit ScrapTF? That's another $5/mo for the Gaming Package. All of this will be done by your ISP, not these websites. None of this money goes to the websites, and they have no control over this.
Theoretically, your ISP could charge you extra simply to access ScrapTF Raffles -- or ScrapTF in general. We don't want that, and you don't want that. This will be disastrous for the Internet as a whole.
If you're an American citizen, your most powerful tool is your voice. Calling your elected officials and expressing your opinion is incredibly valuable; a single phone call to a senator represents a large number of potential votes for them. After all, that's what they care about: getting your vote.
Want to help? Click here for an incredibly useful website that will connect you with your elected officials automatically. It even has a script you can follow! You can make a difference.
Not an American citizen? It's alright. We'd appreciate your help. Spread the word! Make sure people know about this incredibly vital issue.