TF2 Trading: The End of Team Fortress 2?

TF2 Trading: The End of Team Fortress 2?

Team Fortress 2 has been around for 10 years now and it still hasn’t slowed down. At least, that’s what I want to think, but it is undeniable that it has lost steam over the years. While it wasn’t affected by other online multiplayers or MMOs in general (heck even Destiny couldn’t take away from it), since Dota 2 came about, TF2 has been getting derailed, bit by bit.

Now, enter Overwatch. This is Blizzard’s answer to TF2 in every sense of the genre. Not only that, but Blizzard put in the added twist of a Moba-ish sensibility with unique skills for each class/hero.  Folks have been swarming all over the news of Overwatch’s beta and have been seeing so many darn parallels and similarities with TF2, only bigger, badder, and awesomer.

In fact, a lot of TF2 pros have been saying that Overwatch is the game that TF3 should have been. On the topic of TF3, what the heck happened with that as well?

The little video below is one TF2 player’s reaction to the whole Overwatch vs. Team Fortress 2 thing and, I have to say, it hits the nail on the head.

Indeed, while Valve knew fully well the popularity of their product, they decided, like their other product, Half-Life, to simply let the game age and simmer for a whole decade.

Now that an amazing competitor is out, I find it hard to imagine that Valve is going to go about making Team Fortress 3 now and, even if they do, they won’t be able to take back their lost playerbase. It’s because, by then, Overwatch would have a good foothold on the fans of the TF2 style arena shooter, and not even the original can muster up enough power to overthrow Overwatch.

While a lot of folks will disagree with me, this is pretty much what happened with League of Legends and Dota 2. Dota 2 took so long to come out that League was able to establish a nice powerbase in their absence. Dota 2, of course, is still highly competitive in the esports scene today, but it certainly could have had more and might have even been able to turn League into one of the nameless, generic Mobas out there.

Valve didn’t capitalize on TF2’s popularity and I see them paying for it in the future if not in the present.

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