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Investigation of TF2 Earbud trading may have uncovered major organized fraud

A user on the SteamRep forums who goes by base64 has potentially uncovered evidence of organized Team Fortress 2 market fraud. On Sunday morning, the community investigator noticed an unusual jump in the price (in TF2′s common currency of Keys) and volume of Earbud trades. Earbuds, if you’re not familiar, are an especially valuable TF2 item. Further investigation revealed that the Keys used to purchase the Earbuds at an above-average price had consecutive or regularly alternating (odd or even) original ID numbers, which indicates they were likely purchased in bulk directly from the Mann Co. Store.
That brought up questions, like, say, why would someone purchase thousands of Keys for $2.49 each, trade 28 to 30 of them at a time for Earbuds, and then sell those Earbuds for 700 Russian rubles, for a loss of about $47 each? Base64′s thorough investigation can only lead to educated speculation, but it’s all very suspicious.
The big drama version of the story is that Russian mobsters are using Team Fortress 2 to launder money. Since this isn’t a Neal Stephenson novel, the more likely story is that someone’s sitting on a few stolen credit card numbers. Some SteamRep posters say base64′s research reveals “nothing new,” suggesting that this activity is commonplace. Whatever the case, credit to base64 for uncovering so much via Valve’s API and interviews with Earbud sellers involved—if nothing else, it’s a fascinating study of digital forensics. Check out the post for the full investigation.
(Via PCGamesN)

Investigation of TF2 Earbud trading may have uncovered major organized fraud

A user on the SteamRep forums who goes by base64 has potentially uncovered evidence of organized Team Fortress 2 market fraud. On Sunday morning, the community investigator noticed an unusual jump in the price (in TF2′s common currency of Keys) and volume of Earbud trades. Earbuds, if you’re not familiar, are an especially valuable TF2 item. Further investigation revealed that the Keys used to purchase the Earbuds at an above-average price had consecutive or regularly alternating (odd or even) original ID numbers, which indicates they were likely purchased in bulk directly from the Mann Co. Store.

That brought up questions, like, say, why would someone purchase thousands of Keys for $2.49 each, trade 28 to 30 of them at a time for Earbuds, and then sell those Earbuds for 700 Russian rubles, for a loss of about $47 each? Base64′s thorough investigation can only lead to educated speculation, but it’s all very suspicious.

The big drama version of the story is that Russian mobsters are using Team Fortress 2 to launder money. Since this isn’t a Neal Stephenson novel, the more likely story is that someone’s sitting on a few stolen credit card numbers. Some SteamRep posters say base64′s research reveals “nothing new,” suggesting that this activity is commonplace. Whatever the case, credit to base64 for uncovering so much via Valve’s API and interviews with Earbud sellers involved—if nothing else, it’s a fascinating study of digital forensics. Check out the post for the full investigation.

(Via PCGamesN)

thebrownhatter:

PYRO CONFIRMED FOR HUMAN.

thebrownhatter:

PYRO CONFIRMED FOR HUMAN.

Notable items found so far

oppathesleepking:

fuckyeahtf2:

New item types?: Voodoo Cursed Item, Voodoo-Cursed Soul (Zombie), Spell Base
The Rump-o’-Lantern - Engineer (Or all class?) Pocket Misc
Sir Hootsalot - Sniper Owl Misc
The Master Mind - Engineer Hat
The Scarecrow - Spy Hat
The Crone’s Dome - All Class Hat
The Executioner - All Class Hat
The Bonedolier - Soldier/Demo/Pyro Grenades Misc
The Plutonidome - Pyro Hat
The Spooky Shoes - Scout Shoes Misc
The Spooky Sleeves - Scout Jacket Misc
The Zipperface - Soldier Hat
The Boo Balloon - All Class Badge
The Unknown Monkeynaut - All Class Badge Misc
The Grand Duchess Tutu - Heavy Hip Misc
The Grand Duchess Fairy Wings - Heavy Back Misc
The Grand Duchess Tiara - Heavy Hat
The Dead Little Buddy - All Class Badge Misc
The Voodoo Juju (Slight Return) - Demoman Hat
The Exorcizor - Spy Hat
The Wraith Wrap - Pyro Hat(?)
The Coffin Kit - Pyro Pack Misc
The Bat Outta Hell - Scout/Pyro/Sniper/Soldier/Demo/Medic/Heavy Bat
Ghostly Gibus - All Class Hat
The Skull Island Topper - All Class Hat

TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv2 2nd
TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv2 3rd
TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv3 Winners
TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv3 2nd
TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv3 3rd

Total War Bundle
Halloween 2012 Community Bundle

Voodoo-Cursed Item (Armory)
Voodoo-Cursed Old Boot
Voodoo-Cursed Skeleton
Voodoo-Cursed Bag Of Quicklime
Voodoo-Cursed Robot Arm
Voodoo-Cursed Novelty Bass
Voodoo-Cursed Sticky-Bomb
Voodoo-Cursed Nail
Voodoo-Cursed Soul (Armory)
Zombie Scout
Zombie Soldier
Zombie Heavy
Zombie Demo
Zombie Engineer
Zombie Medic
Zombie Spy
Zombie Pyro
Zombie Sniper

Pile Of Curses - “Gift”
Eerie Crate (51) - ITEMS SOON
Eerie Key

Strange Part: Halloween Kills
Strange Part: Robots Destroyed During Halloween

Spells
Halloween Spell: Paint 1
Halloween Spell: Paint 2
Halloween Spell: Paint 3
Halloween Spell: Paint 4
Halloween Spell: Paint 5
Halloween Spell: Soldier Voice
Halloween Spell: Scout Voice
Halloween Spell: Sniper Voice
Halloween Spell: Engineer Voice
Halloween Spell: Heavy Voice
Halloween Spell: Demoman Voice
Halloween Spell: Pyro Voice
Halloween Spell: Spy Voice
Halloween Spell: Medic Voice
Halloween Spell: Team Spirit Footprints
Halloween Spell: Gangreen Footprints
Halloween Spell: Corpse Gray Footprints
Halloween Spell: Violent Violet Footprints
Halloween Spell: Rotten Orange Footprints
Halloween Spell: Bruised Purple Footprints
Halloween Spell: Headless Horseshoes
Halloween Spell: Exorcism - Death with Ghosts?
Halloween Spell: Squash Rockets
Halloween Spell: Gourd Grenades
Halloween Spell: Sentry Quad-Pumpkins
Halloween Spell: Spectral Flame

Unusual Effects
unusual_storm_knives
unusual_skull_misty
unusual_fullmoon_cloudy_green
unusual_fullmoon_cloudy_secret
unusual_storm_spooky

I’m going to constantly update this as the people on reddit update it, so keep checking back.

-Oppa

Notable items found so far

New item types?: Voodoo Cursed Item, Voodoo-Cursed Soul (Zombie), Spell Base
The Rump-o’-Lantern - Engineer (Or all class?) Pocket Misc
Sir Hootsalot - Sniper Owl Misc
The Master Mind - Engineer Hat
The Scarecrow - Spy Hat
The Crone’s Dome - All Class Hat
The Executioner - All Class Hat
The Bonedolier - Soldier/Demo/Pyro Grenades Misc
The Plutonidome - Pyro Hat
The Spooky Shoes - Scout Shoes Misc
The Spooky Sleeves - Scout Jacket Misc
The Zipperface - Soldier Hat
The Boo Balloon - All Class Badge
The Unknown Monkeynaut - All Class Badge Misc
The Grand Duchess Tutu - Heavy Hip Misc
The Grand Duchess Fairy Wings - Heavy Back Misc
The Grand Duchess Tiara - Heavy Hat
The Dead Little Buddy - All Class Badge Misc
The Voodoo Juju (Slight Return) - Demoman Hat
The Exorcizor - Spy Hat
The Wraith Wrap - Pyro Hat(?)
The Coffin Kit - Pyro Pack Misc
The Bat Outta Hell - Scout/Pyro/Sniper/Soldier/Demo/Medic/Heavy Bat
Ghostly Gibus - All Class Hat
The Skull Island Topper - All Class Hat

TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv2 2nd
TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv2 3rd
TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv3 Winners
TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv3 2nd
TournamentMedal - UGCHLDiv3 3rd

Total War Bundle
Halloween 2012 Community Bundle

Voodoo-Cursed Item (Armory)
Voodoo-Cursed Old Boot
Voodoo-Cursed Skeleton
Voodoo-Cursed Bag Of Quicklime
Voodoo-Cursed Robot Arm
Voodoo-Cursed Novelty Bass
Voodoo-Cursed Sticky-Bomb
Voodoo-Cursed Nail
Voodoo-Cursed Soul (Armory)
Zombie Scout
Zombie Soldier
Zombie Heavy
Zombie Demo
Zombie Engineer
Zombie Medic
Zombie Spy
Zombie Pyro
Zombie Sniper

Pile Of Curses - “Gift”
Eerie Crate (51) - ITEMS SOON
Eerie Key

Strange Part: Halloween Kills
Strange Part: Robots Destroyed During Halloween

Spells
Halloween Spell: Paint 1
Halloween Spell: Paint 2
Halloween Spell: Paint 3
Halloween Spell: Paint 4
Halloween Spell: Paint 5
Halloween Spell: Soldier Voice
Halloween Spell: Scout Voice
Halloween Spell: Sniper Voice
Halloween Spell: Engineer Voice
Halloween Spell: Heavy Voice
Halloween Spell: Demoman Voice
Halloween Spell: Pyro Voice
Halloween Spell: Spy Voice
Halloween Spell: Medic Voice
Halloween Spell: Team Spirit Footprints
Halloween Spell: Gangreen Footprints
Halloween Spell: Corpse Gray Footprints
Halloween Spell: Violent Violet Footprints
Halloween Spell: Rotten Orange Footprints
Halloween Spell: Bruised Purple Footprints
Halloween Spell: Headless Horseshoes
Halloween Spell: Exorcism - Death with Ghosts?
Halloween Spell: Squash Rockets
Halloween Spell: Gourd Grenades
Halloween Spell: Sentry Quad-Pumpkins
Halloween Spell: Spectral Flame

Unusual Effects
unusual_storm_knives
unusual_skull_misty
unusual_fullmoon_cloudy_green
unusual_fullmoon_cloudy_secret
unusual_storm_spooky

Ladies and GentleMann, Valve has struck gold with… The Pocket Purrer.
-Oppa

Ladies and GentleMann, Valve has struck gold with… The Pocket Purrer.

-Oppa

So far the War Pig and the Pocket Purrer are still having their pages setup. So I’ll post those later! But here is the Koala Compact and the Hat of Cards

-Oppa

TF2 Update : September 6th, 2012

Added:

Demo Face Misc - The Bearded Bombardier (Has a smoking particle effect)
Engineer Misc Pocket - The Pocket Purrer (Assister)
Heavy Hat - The Soviet Gentleman Medic Misc Face (Gasmask) - Medi-Mask
Pyro Backpack - The Pyrotechnic Tote
Scout Misc Shirt/Arms - The Track Terrorizer
Sniper Misc Pocket - The Koala Compact (assister)
Soldier Hat - The War Pig
Spy Hat - Hat of Cards

Fall Key (For the Fall Crate)

More to come. Information from here.

Pictures of the new promo items! Also the fall crate! 


The AWPer Hand is a promotional item for the Sniper. It is an AI Arctic Warfare Police sniper rifle, used in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive under its abbreviation AWP. The AWPer Hand was awarded in Genuine quality to players who pre-purchased Counter-Strike: Global Offensive before August 21st, 2012. (via Official TF2 Wiki)

The AWPer Hand is a promotional item for the Sniper. It is an AI Arctic Warfare Police sniper rifle, used in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive under its abbreviation AWP. The AWPer Hand was awarded in Genuine quality to players who pre-purchased Counter-Strike: Global Offensive before August 21st, 2012. (via Official TF2 Wiki)

TF2 Balance.

heartvine:

So I went ahead and made an attempt to balance the underused (or overlooked) items in the Team Fortress 2 universe, in hopes of bringing more variety of weapon choice among players.  PS: I have 2200~ hours played, I imagine newer players will disagree with me, and perhaps players that do comp will too.  Whatever.
I skipped over obvious gimmick or joke items, and anything I think is “viable.”


THE SHORTSTOP - This guns feels underpowered not only due to damage, but also due to how well you have to aim to make it effective. I don’t see the harm in bringing the ammo capacity from 4 to 6.

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