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Published on July 1st, 2011 | by Kole Ross, Editor

Team Fortress 2 Mod Bans Free-to-Players

Valve’s decision to make Team Fortress 2 a free-to-play game was momentous, and will have longstanding ramifications for online shooters down the line.

Not everyone is happy, though.

According to, Some server administrators have taken to installing a mod called “Free2BeKicked.” This piece of code will kick players who downloaded the game for free. The stated purpose of the plugin is to make life easier for admins, who would otherwise be faced with an unrelenting tide of re-registering cheaters and griefers.

Some players have requested that Valve forbid the use of the plugin, citing that it creates a hostile environment for those new to the Team Fortress fold.

The one workaround for the plugin is to purchase an item from the in-game store, which makes the server see you as a “paid” player.

If I can inject a piece of editorial here– as a Team Fortress 2 fan- this is functionally no different than a private server owner password protecting their match. This is one of the most popular and enduring games on the internet, and there is no shortage of great servers to play on.

It would be great if everyone would play nice and get along, but thing of it this way: Anyone who would judge you poorly for playing TF2 for free is probably a huge dick, and you don’t want to play with them anyway.

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