Team Fortress turns 15 today, Valve throws party

By on August 25, 2011

Well, if you can call free hats and weapons as ‘party’.

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Here is a bit of history on Team Fortress if you hadn’t known: The game was designed by Robin Walker, John Cook and Ian Caughley in 1996. It started out as a mod for Quake, which amassed a huge fan following quickly. In a fairy tale turn of events, Valve, with its sharp eye for talent, approached the trio and cordially invited them to work for the famed company. They took a while, but Team Fortress 2 eventually came about in 2007, packaged in the attractive Orange Box.

And today is the franchise’s 15th birthday and to mark the occasion, Valve has thrown a virtual party! Well, sort of – much like every year, players can pick up free stuff as presents, and for this year it’s:

  • A free party hat!
  • A free noisemaker that will have unlimited uses on Team Fortress’s birthday and can only be used each year on that day!
  • Free cake and gifts (in the form of remodeled health kits and ammo packs)!
Items from the previous year will make a return as well, such as:
  • The Team Fortress Birthday Beach Ball!
  • The Celebration Gib, which causes gibbed players to explode in a shower of balloons and confetti!
Valve has promised balloons and cakes as well. We are not sure if they are a lie or not.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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