After being one the most active Steam games for almost ten years, Team Fortress 2 will finally get competitive matchmaking.
Valve have mentioned competitive play for TF2 a number of times earlier, and finally, this week they announced the beta is ready.
Till date, online matchmaking on TF2 entirely relied on finding a server with the best ping and joining it; there was no matchmaking based on skills. Now players will be able to match up with players with comparable skill sets, similar to Dota 2 MMR ranking and Counter-strike Global Offensive’s matchmaking feature.
The testing should start sometime next week, and will only have a small number of users. In order to be one of the lucky few, you will have to first join the above Steam group, have purchased Team Fortress 2 before June 2013, or have made a purchase from the in-game Mann Co. Store.
After the announcement, TF2 has again garnered some excitement and currently holds the third position in top games list on Steam stats, just a notch above GTA5. Team Fortress 2 is free-to-play and available on Stream.