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This year's Invite series of the Challengers Cup gets underway Sunday, October 4th! Four teams battled it out through the qualifier tournament to prove themselves worthy to take on the European juggernauts of [R]eason Gaming, Epsilon eSports, The Last Resort, and Full Tilt. The eight best teams in Europe will be fighting to secure the $1500 prize pool kindly donated by the good folks from Razer. Catch all the airshots, headshots, and meatshots that Europe has to offer from can offer! Catch all the action on teamfortress.tv from 12:00 PM EST Sunday, October 4th.
The United Gaming Clans' (UGC) Fall 2015 season is about to start! The first week of matches starts September 28th for Highlander, September 30th for 6's and October 2nd for 4v4. UGC has over 8,000 players in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand, so sign up now and join the fun! October 6th is the last day that teams can sign up. Visit the UGC website for more information.
Item donations are now open for Tip of the Hats, an annual charity livestream event hosted by the Team Fortress 2 community. Cash donations will begin on Saturday, September 12th. The event streams at twitch.tv this September 19th at 12:00 PM EST. Last year's event boasted over 500,000 unique viewers and raised over $100,000 towards One Step Camp, a program that gives camp experiences and other programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. It's a worthy cause, and this year's event promises to be the most ambitious yet! Be sure to tune in, and don't forget to donate!
The good folks at teamfortress.tv, in partnership with the also-good folks at SweetStakes.tf and ZOWIE, are running Gimmicks, Guts and Glory, a two-day invite-only tournament this weekend!
The best teams in Europe—Reason Gaming, The Last Resort and nerdRage.tf2—are lining up to take on froyotech, the current world champions. Four other LAN hopefuls have been thrown in with these lions to fight tooth and nail one last time before they enter into the LAN arena a month from now at one of TF2's biggest intercontinental tournaments, Insomnia55.
A more detailed schedule can be found here.
Grab your shields, sharpen up your blades and prepare yourselves for A Knight of Demomen, an all-out Demoknight battle taking place Saturday, August 22 (12:00pm ET-12:00am ET).
For twelve hours, players will battle as Demoknights to try and collect the most heads. All players must wield a shield and any melee weapon (no cabers). Players will also be permitted to use the booties and the bootlegger. The top three players when the twelve hours are up will be named victorious and receive the greatest of rewards. Click here to view the official rules and learn what you need to do to get in on the Demoknight action!
The Retrospective TF2 tournament is back for its second international event. Hosted by the RETF2 Collective and casted by eXtelevision, the tournament started July 1st and will go until the last week of July. Registration's limited, so if you're interested sign up now!
Two North American competitive Team Fortress 2 teams, Ascent and Froyotech, are trying to earn funds to compete at Insomnia55 LAN, and they need your help! Hosted in the United Kingdom, the Insomnia series LAN events are tri-annually held gaming festivals, bringing teams from around the world to compete at the highest level in one of the biggest events in competitive TF2. Be sure to check out their indiegogo pages for more information, and help out if you can!
The European Team Fortress 2 League are about to kick off their 21st 6v6 season, with applications open to all skill levels. To sign up, join a team or simply find out more about competitive TF2, head over to http://etf2l.org.
To further whet your appetite, check out the best frags from Season 20 in this video made by Premiership Medic Beater!
Florida LAN is bringing Highlander to the competitive LAN scene this May 16th with the Highlander Tournament, hosted by Apocalyptic Gaming Center in Winter Park, Florida. Registration is still open—enter now for a full day of fragging, raffles and cash prizes.
The European Team Fortress 2 League is now taking applications as part of the kick-off of its 20th season of 6v6. ETF2L has changed its league system and is allowing more unlocks than ever before, in addition to prizes for all skill divisions. Head to etf2l.org for more information about Season 20.
The EdgeGamers Organization presents Arena: Respawn, a ladder-style tournament open to all TF2 players taking place January 23rd-25th, 2015!
Arena: Respawn is a modification of TF2's Arena gamemode developed as an alternative to sixes. The goal is to eliminate the enemy team as quickly as possible. There are no respawn timers, but players can capture the central control point to respawn the dead members of their teams.
It's time for a showdown! Think you have the skills to match up against some of the best in Arena Respawn? Form a five-man team and join the fray!
The good folks at Yogscast are hosting their annual Jingle Jam charity fundraiser, which has raised over $400,000 so far! Yogscast will be holding livestreams during all of December, with all the money they raise going to Doctors Without Borders, End Polio Now, Oxfam, Fauna & Flora International and Special Effect!
Anyone donating more than $5 will receive the TF2mixup Thought that Counts. If you donate more than $25, you will receive 14 games, including Awesomenauts, Mark of the Ninja, Magicka and Thomas Was Alone.
The ESEA Invite S17 LAN Finals, boasting a TF2 prize pool of $16,880, hits Dallas, TX this weekend. North America’s best TF2 teams will duke it out in a double elimination bracket starting at 10:00 AM CST December 6th and 7th. You can watch a livestream of the competition here and find out more here.
3A is currently bringing back the Zepheniah Mann's Ghost 8" figure from Scream Fortress 1 for a brief limited-time sale. If you'd like a suitably spooky keepsake of Scream Fortress, get in while the getting's good.
One of the best parts about working on Team Fortress is that we have the ability to try new things. Sometimes this means "let's try making Halloween minigames that revolve around bumper cars!" and sometimes, like now, it means "let's try a new way of doing promotions".
Rather than working with the developers to have them produce some promotional content for the upcoming Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris that we hope you'll like, we're involving all of you guys directly — you who submit content to the Workshop and who vote on it.
Square Enix has agreed to open up the Tomb Raider IP so that we can have a contest. All of the Tomb Raider games are fair game, so if you've been waiting for your chance to put the heavy in short shorts, this is it. (Please don't do this.) You're welcome to pull from your favorite villains, heroes, levels, or any bit of lore. Because this upcoming game takes place in the classic Tomb Raider universe, we'd like to steer you towards the classic Lara games, rather than focusing on last year's "Tomb Raider".
The contest works like this:
In addition to being featured as the Genuine-quality items awarded for pre-purchase, the contributors who submitted the winning entries will (subject to the contest terms above) get a free copy of the upcoming Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. And pretty much every Tomb Raider game available on Steam:
In case that wasn't compelling enough, Square Enix has also agreed to grant the winners free copies of almost every one of their Steam games:
This contest runs through Thursday, November 20th, and we'll announce the winners a few days after that. Whether you're an experienced Workshop contributor or someone thinking about getting their feet wet for the first time, this is a great opportunity to check out the item import tool and get to work. If you aren't interested in submitting content of your own, we're still counting on you to head over to the Workshop and vote on the entries that you want to see in the game. Good luck!