Hugs.tf Item Donations Open Now!

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Can you hear it? The soundy sound that sounds... charitable? That's right, hugs.tf 2017 item donations are now open!

What is Hugs.tf 2017?

Hugs.tf 2017 is the fourth-annual charity event hosted in London. Running from May 6 to May 7, it provides 26 hours of non-stop action. This will all be live-streamed on Twitch, and they'll be taking donations for Special Effect the whole time. In short: it's pretty cool.

Item Donations

This year, hugs.tf has partnered with ScrapTF to provide TF2 and CS:GO item donations! Items donated through ScrapTF will be converted to cash (through the magical item-conversion properties of Marketplace.tf) and sent directly to Special Effect. It's a great way to give to charity; your hats will benefit the world! 

In addition, you can donate CS:GO Skins and Knives as well! Just like TF2 items, these will be converted directly to cash and sent to Special Effect.

Donate

To donate items or learn more, simply head over to the donation page

Thanks!

Improved Banking Navigation

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We're making a small change to the way that certain banking pages operate. If you're trying to buy hats, unusuals, or CS:GO skins, you'll see a few new buttons. For instance, here's hatbanking:

Keen observers may have noticed that, when buying hats, the items have always been separated into four distinct categories: new hats, strange hats, high-value non-strange hats, and craft hats. However, this has never been very intuitive -- and it can often confuse, leading some users to think that all we had were, say, strange hats.

This new navigation scheme allows you to view all the items, like before; however, now you can view only items from each category. This should help you find what you're looking for.

Similar changes have been made to Unusuals and CS:GO skins. This will be coming to Killstreak Kits and Itembanking as well. Enjoy!

 

Improvements to Badge Builder

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We've released an update to Badge Builder, which is effective immediately. These improvements make it better than ever, and are outlined below. Enjoy!

What is Badge Builder?

Badge Builder is an automatic Steam trading card service. If you're interested in crafting badges to increase your Steam level and gain rewards, Badge Builder can help immensely! Simply visit Badge Builder, and you'll be shown all the badges you can build. Select the badges you like, and we'll trade you the requested number of sets of those cards. After that, just craft away!

Functionality

When we launched Badge Builder, we made a few assumptions that didn't turn out to be advantageous. Initially, we assumed that users would only want to purchase badges for games they owned in their Steam library. As it turns out, this is completely wrong. Our decision was predicated on the idea that badges couldn't be crafted for games you didn't own, but that simply isn't the case. So we've altered Badge Builder to show badges for all games that we can build a badge for. We'll now show you up to 300 badges to build at once.

Reliability

One of the fundamental aspects of Badge Builder is that it, well, builds badges for you. Unfortunately, in some instances, Badge Builder would offer badges that could not be built. This issue stemmed from the fact that we were offering trading cards that we couldn't sell, due to a lack of data to confidently price the cards at that point in time. This would result in bots offering incomplete sets of cards, which are useless for building badges. It's important to note that we did not charge users for cards they did not receive.

In addition, we've fixed a rare issue causing Badge Builder to think some badges had fewer cards than they really did.

Speed

Badge Builder is a complex feature -- one of the most complicated ones we offer. There are a number of operations that need to happen in serial -- such as loading your Steam inventory, finding your badges, identifying which ones we can complete, and more. Executing all of this within a timely manner is difficult: there are over 100,000 items in our trading card inventory, which is a lot! 

We've made a number of improvements that should drastically improve Badge Builder's performance. Before this update, it could take up to 30 seconds to fully load Badge Builder; we've reduced that by, on average, 95%. That's an improvement!

Patch Notes

  • Badge Builder will now display 300 badges to complete, as opposed to only showing badges for games you own.
  • Vastly improved the speed of loading Badge Builder.
  • Fixed issues preventing Badge Builder from properly supplying cards for badges it display.

Introducing The Megaraffle

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Can you smell what the scrap is cooking? After toiling day and night, we're proud to announce The Megaraffle! Read on for details.

 

The Megaraffle

 

The Megaraffle is the latest in raffling technology. Each Megaraffle lasts for 24 hours, and is composed entirely of user-contributed items. Anyone can contribute an item to the Megaraffle.

To contribute, simply deposit items into your site inventory. Once that's done, simply click "Contribute Items" on the Megaraffle page, select your items, and submit them. Your name will permanently be shown next to that item, letting the whole world know that you made your mark. If your item is among the top 20 in value, it will be displayed front-and-center for all to see. Raffadelic, baby.

Entry is free to all users who have completed at least 1 trade with ScrapTF in the past 3 months, including any weaponbanking trade (such as exchanging a weapon for the same weapon). This is to prevent bots from unfairly stacking the odds in their favor. Contributing items is not required to enter the Megaraffle.

Winners are randomly selected and each user has the same chance to win. Donor status, mod/administrator status, and priority do not increase your chances of winning. Each winner wins a single item, so there are many chances to win!

We hope you enjoy the Megaraffle; we certainly do! We have a number of additional features planned for the Megaraffle, most of which we will keep secret. Ruminate, however, over Megaraffle Tickets, which grant a single extra entry into the Megaraffle. How does one obtain them? In what quantities? These are all things that you don't know. What you do know, however, is how amazing the Megaraffle is. So go check it out!

ScrapTF Sponsoring National Heavy Boxing League International Series

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We're proud to announce that the National Heavy Boxing League International Series, along with the Skiver Community Battle Royale and the NHBL Finals, are being sponsored by ScrapTF! 

The events are being held in the United Kingdom and Germany, and we hope you're as excited as we are. For additional information, check out the KritzKast Interview with the NHBL or visit the NHBL Steam Group.

Also sponsoring the event is FireHost Redux, so feel free to check them out as well.