Matchmaking is something that can really take the headache out of getting into a multiplayer game. It’s something that Team Fortress 2 lacks, meaning you’ll have to sift through a server browser to find something ideal.
Not for much longer though. According to the chaps at TeamFortressTV, Valve has informed them that competitive matchmaking is on its way to Team Fortress 2, along with a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive style stream list on the main menu.
“A few months back a group of us (event organizers and production staff) began an email exchange with the TF2 team in an attempt to establish a more open channel of communication between the team and the competitive community. That dialogue spawned a request for a list of prioritized feature requests that would most benefit the community, to which we responded that we’d benefit from:
- A CS:GO-style stream list integrated into the main game menu
- Bug fixes/QOL improvements.
We were ultimately granted an opportunity to drop by and chat if we were in the neighborhood, so naturally we scrambled together a group of notable west-coasters (myself, extine, mana, b4nny, Seagull) to meet with the TF team.
That meeting was yesterday, and to our surprise… we’re getting all that we asked for.”
As noted on the Reddit thread, people have been discovering files that point towards potential matchmaking, but now Valve have finally offered confirmation. As for when we can expect such an update, Valve have offered TeamFortressTV no indication, but its arrival won’t be a day too soon.