January 18, 2013
Season 14 powered by Twitch – Division 1 Qualifier Updates
We received the sad news that The Potentials have folded. With one of the three contenders for the last two spots in Division 1 gone, the qualifier has become obsolete. Both remaining teams, logs.tf and OutSiders, have been seeded into Division 1 and the gap in Division 2C has been filled.
You may have noticed that the P-REC plugin, used by many to automatically record their personal demos for leagues and fragmovies, had been broken since Christmas. Orange took the time to rewrite the plugin, despite being retired from TF2, and got it signed by Valve. What a hero! You can find the latest version of the plugin (2.0.4) on his Bitbucket page and say Thanks! on the forums.
In case you are experiencing problems with the plugin, installing the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 may fix your issues. More questions can be asked in the P-REC thread in our customisation forum.
Seasonal staff changes are inevitable a volunteer organization. Our long-term Highlander admin Hildreth has decided to move on and concentrate more on playing (and his job). He will remain on staff as a Honorary Admin and advisor. We are grateful for the countless hours and passion you put in promoting Highlander, and hope you can still enjoy this game as a player.
Pretty much the same applies to Buffalo Bill. After 15 months of active admin duty, it is time for him to move on. Thanks to you as well for the countless hours you invested into this league during our two tenures as a 6v6 admin – you will remain listed as a Honorary Admin.
schocky decided to resign from the Anti-Cheat staff, because he can no longer commit time to AC work. Thanks to you as well.
We have some promotions to announce as well. DeusVox has proven himself as a keen helper with a lot of good ideas and is joining our media staff. His most recent work is the Season 14 powered by Twitch banner.
Admirable originally wanted to join the ETF2L staff as full league admin (“I am happy to do all the admin tasks“), but it seems it was a bit too much for him. However, he did a great job with the Premiership interviews last season and gathering feedback from our top players, which helped a lot to further develop our league. We are more than happy to keep him around as our Premiership Ambassador (Yes, we made up that position just for him).
ipz- has been removed from the staff for public misconduct. We appreciate the 4 months of work he put into ETF2L and are happy to hear he plans to continue to support the scene with his expertise, even if outside ETF2L. However, we cannot tolerate admins abusing their position and violating our rules of conduct.
No doubt, many of your are still waiting on updates from the Banner Competition. We have decided to aim beyond the original goals of the competition (new banner and color scheme) and proceed with a complete overhaul of the site. Our newest asset to the media staff,
DeusVox, took over the redesign of the site and has produced a preview of what the main page would look like:
Please note that this is an early preview and does not feature all of the planned changes, however it does showcase the general style we want to proceed with. Constructive feedback is always welcome.
Do you livestream Team Fortress 2 and want your channel to reach a wider audience? TeamFortress.TV is the place to go, in that case. You can submit your stream to TF.tv’s livestream widget. Make sure you go through all of the rules and requirements which can be found here. Once you get on the TeamFortress.TV stream list, you are automatically invited to the TF.tv group on ETF2L’s partner Twitch page as well. To accept the invitation, go to your Twitch page, then Settings, where you can accept the invite under the “Teams” tab.
TeamFortress.TV welcomes Europeans on the forums as well, where you can catch up on all the latest news and gossip from the American scene. It is a good source for news from ESEA and other leagues, TF2 streams from North America’s top players, latest maps, player interviews, and even mentors!