October 3, 2018
STN.tf joins in on the fun!
As many of you have surely noticed by now, STN.tf is returning as a sponsor for Season 31! After joining forces with scrap.tf for the summer season, they will once again throw €1.000 into the pot! Big thanks to spyfly and his team for supporting competitive TF2!
As the winner of Season 31 already receives PC rentals and LAN tickets for Copenhagen Games 2019 worth approximately €1.600, part of the STN.tf contribution (€700) will be awarded to the second place, leaving €300 to the 3rd placed team.
If you would like to contribute yourself, our ETF2L PayPal account is open for donations year round! Simply transfer your funds to [email protected] If you want your money to support a specific season or tournament, make sure to leave us a message in the payment info!
We also accept donations in the form of items. To do so, send a trade offer to our ETF2L steam account (accepting only keys or unusual hats) or contact one of our admins!
If you do not have any cash or items you can support us by disabling AdBlock on ETF2L.org! A small contribution can go a long way!
ETF2L’s stance on harassment within the community
Over the last few months, we’ve been looking into making a clearer stance regarding how we will handle toxicity and harassment. This will be done by having some clearer outlines on it as a whole.
On-site comments, as well as off-site comments made by players, can and will be taken into account if they are reported by whoever those comments were directed to. This includes officials, match comments and forums, scrims, external forums (such as teamfortress.tv) and so on.
For the Premiership tier, we’ll be reviewing the match logs from all of their played officials. The reason for this is that the matches are often casted as well as being a representation of the league.
The rest will still remain on their report-based system. If you want the admin team to look over a case please come forward and contact us using our Discord.
Every case will be handled separately due to the context being an absolutely crucial aspect when dealing with these cases. Consistent harassment, as well as highly derogatory terms, is something that we would like to see fade out of the community. At the end of the day, however, this isn’t a safe space and it is undeniable that light-hearted “trashtalk” is still part of a competitive community.
However, continuously toxic behaviour will lead to on-site punishments. This can be in the form of simple warnings, but can eventually lead to bans. A few examples of this are:
These players are banned for harassing another member of the community for months on end.
Joining them is Hannes who will be banned for 2 weeks due to their highly derogatory comments during the Highlander Season 16 Low Grand Finals.
ETF2L is following up on a promise
Back in October, when we issued the first bans for derogatory behaviour as well as racist and sexist slurs, we made a promise to donate a cut of the Season 30 prizemoney to charity. The deducted amount of €175 will be equally split between these two organisations:
- Woman Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) is a Canadian women’s rape crisis centre that offers a 24-hour crisis hotline as well as additional services such as free counselling & victim services. They are also helping women through support groups, volunteering opportunities and general awareness.
- Galop UK is a British LGBTQ and anti-violence legal advice charity. Galop UK prominently provides consultation and support for victims that have had issues with reporting domestic & sexual abuse, or racially or extremist-fueled LGBTQ+ hate crimes such as Islamophobic violence to the police or the criminal justice system.
ETF2L and its sponsors and partners are happy to support these two selfless organisations. A special ‘thank you’ goes to uberchain, who thoroughly searched the world wide web and provided us with these two options.
Don’t forget: the TF2 community is a family!
… and there are black sheep in every single one of them. But that does not mean our community is rotten to the core! In fact, the very core of the community – long-time ambassadors of our game and even quite a lot of those who have long left the scene – come together once again in order to host the annual charity stream Tip of the Hats!
They are back at it, raising money for Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., which offers camps and other educational and excursion programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. At the time of writing, this initiative has already raised ~14.000 USD in 2018, even though the stream does not go live until Friday, 5th October! For exact information on the schedule and guests, visit tipofthehats.org.
Let us come together this weekend and remind ourselves about what Team Fortress 2 is all about: community, passion, love, sympathy and tolerance!