Valve recently rolled out a major update for Team Fortress 2, introducing many new features and matchmaking changes. Unfortunately, some new issues were also introduced on top of some existing problems. Thankfully, Valve has now rolled out a new Team Fortress 2 patch.
The company is not only fixing matchmaking issues, reducing queue times, but is also introducing harsher penalties of competitive mode quitters.
We are going to make abandoning penalties much harsher. The current system increases matchmaking ban times based on the number of abandons over a period of time. We are making a change to more quickly move serial abandoners into really long ban times. We will also subtract the maximum number of rank points possible, per abandon. The amount lost will be far higher than what could normally be lost in a completed match.
Valve is also exploring different options that may reduce the impact abandoners have on the game. More on that will be shared soon.
There is some good news for abandoners though. While harsher penalties are introduced in Competitive mode, players can now come and go freely in casual games. Valve has removed abandon penalties in Casual mode.
Abandon penalties have been removed, which means players can come and go as they please.
Another notable addition to Team Fortress 2 is the ability to vote kick players. It’ll work similar to Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Kicked players will retain earned XP in order to reduce the likelihood of players using the system to grief others.
You can head over to the official website for complete patch notes.