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The TF2 Retrospective event is taking place from July 23rd to July 27th at the sold-out Euskal Encounter XXII in Bilbao, Spain! Organized by the Bad Wolf team, Retrospective is a massive LAN tournament with over 150 players already signed up from Canada, Ireland, Russia, France and more. Check it out live on exTV this Thursday!
If you're looking to get into league-style competitive Team Fortress, sign up for The Highlander Open, a new initiative to introduce non-competitive players into the competitive scene. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate in this massive competition. Sign-ups close on June 26th, with Week 1 beginning July 13th and lasting for over a month. Click here to sign up or get more information.
Register now to take part in the Second Annual Reddit vs Tumblr TF2 Match, a month of friendly competition between Tumblr and Reddit. In these show-matches all levels of experience are welcome to apply. In the words of the event's creators: "One of the cornerstones of the event is to create a venue for players with varying levels of skill to have a chance to play and have fun."
This season will have five teams representing each community from around the world: June 14th - US West; June 15th - US East; June 21st - EU; June 22nd - Aus/Oceania; and a "Mystery Game" June 28th. Check out the FAQ for more information.
Donations are now open for Tip of the Hats, an annual charity livestream event benefiting One Step Camp and hosted by the competitive Team Fortress 2 gaming community. The event will start streaming live at twitch.tv March 29th at 12:00 PM EST. Last year's inaugural event lasted 36 hours and raised over $35,000 towards camp experiences and other educational and excursion programs for children with cancer. Players from around the world participated in the livestream and helped to make it one of the biggest events in Team Fortress 2 history, with more than 65,000 people tuning in.
Entries are now open for The Infoshow Team Fortress 2 Tournament LAN Party, taking place this April 4th to 6th in Kaunas, Lithuania! Organized entirely by students, the event has grown into one of the biggest e-sport events in Lithuania for both casual and pro players. This year marks Team Fortress 2's debut at the biggest LAN Party in the Baltic countries! Tune into TeamFortress.TV on April 5th, Saturday 10:00 CET to watch.
United Gaming Clans are starting up their Highlander, 6v6, and new 4v4 league for the 2014 season. The first week of matches starts January 20th for Highlander, January 22nd for 6's and January 24th for 4v4. UGC has divisions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. Players from any of these regions are encouraged to sign up and join the fun! Remember, February 2nd is the last day that teams can sign up. Visit the UGC website for more information.
Additionally, the UGC folks are trying a new experiment this season: Over the next several months they'll be organizing a community donation drive for competitive TF2 prize pools. If you're interested in contributing, visit their fundraiser page for more information.
A "Mashed Potatoes" Competitive 6's Event that mixes TF2 veterans with amateurs.
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MEFortress.com's Ultiduo (2v2) Tournament
Soldier and Medic Pairs battle on a special King of the Hill map that tests both teamwork and strategy.
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The Oscars sputtered out after only two years, the Grammys are of course fictional, and the Stanley Cup has yet to be awarded to anybody. That means that with the Third Annual Saxxy Awards, we will officially be the longest-running awards event of all time. Help us make history by voting, from now until midnight PST on November 24th!
And if voting wasn't exciting enough, how does sending people to jail sound? Because that's what you'll be doing by helping us police the entries for following the rules. Filmmakers will rot in jail on your say-so! In fact, the lawyers tell us they've updated the SFM license to also include an ancillary license to kill! And hold on, there's even more late-breaking news, because the lawyers are now telling us--are in fact typing this right now--that the SFM does not grant you the right to kill and you can't send anybody to jail. Okay, the lawyers stopped typing. I know we're all pretty angry about this turn of events, but we still do need your help checking entries for rule-breaking.
Nominees will be revealed on November 25th and the winners of this year's Saxxy Awards will be revealed on November 26th, so get voting and watch sourcefilmmaker.com for more details!
The next big Multiplay LAN, Insomnia 49, takes place August 23-25 in Telford, England. Top teams from Europe will be joined by community-funded North American and Australian teams to fight in a 6v6 cup and Highlander 9v9 tournament.
This year's i49 features a prize pool of more than $7,000. With over 420 Team Fortress 2 players attending, i49 is one of the largest competitive Team Fortress 2 events of the year!
Don't miss the Grand Finale on Sunday, August 25th, at 11 AM Eastern time (4 PM England). The matches will be covered by VanillaTV, (with added content on their YouTube channel), and KritzKast throughout the weekend.
United Gaming Clans are starting up their Highlander and 6v6 leagues in preparation for their Fall season. The first week of matches starts September 9th for Highlander and 11th for 6's. UGC has divisions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand for both formats. Players from any of these regions are encouraged to sign up and join the fun! Remember, the last day teams can sign up is September 14th. Visit the UGC website for more information!
The folks over at eXtelevision just released a pretty fascinating documentary they made about competitive Team Fortress 2 and the blood, sweat and tears that went into hosting the first-ever TF2 global LAN tournament. We're always suckers for movies with "TF2" in the title, and it doesn't hurt that it's an engrossing watch, either. You can watch the whole thing on YouTube here.
ESA has announced a new tournament called Open Cup where players do not require an ESA premium account to participate. The prize pool is set to be distributed amongst the top 16 finalists giving all finalists something to earn. Further details can be found on the tournament site.