Hi let’s start with a bit more about yourself
For what teams do you play clan/nation and how long you’ve been playing competitively?
Hi, I’m DeNeusbeer, besides being head admin of the ETF2L, I play medic for GoT1. I’ve been with them since the start of 2008 competitively, and before that i was roaming the GoT public server with them.
I’m not in my country’s national team, because i’m not that good 🙂
What is the ETF2L? (For those who don’t know)
The ETF2L is the European Team Fortress 2 League. We are a rather successful European TF2 league. Our website, and especially our forums are one of the main hubs for competitive TF2 in Europe. We run a regular league, as well as numerous small cups at the side. (Think of a 1on1 cup, an arena cup, or many others.)
How many clans and national teams are registered on the ETF2L?
Our stats tell me that we have 40 National teams registered and 848 6on6 teams. We have a little over 5500 registered players. Of course that covers all the teams and players that have registered with our website in the past years, so a lot are gone by now. Though a rough estimate is that at least 300 of those teams is currently active and most will participate in our next season. (Season 6 opened Sign-ups on the 6 of september and in less than 24 hours 350 already registered) So this can go up to 400…
Is TF2 in Europe growing competitively?
This is always hard to measure, but: yes, i think it still is growing. If i look at the number of signups for each ETF2L season, it has grown every time. With Valve constantly adding new stuff to the game and drawing in new players, I think they’re doing a great job in increasing their player base. This does not only reflect on public servers, but also on the competitive players. There are new players and teams signing up daily on our website.
How is the difference between COD4, CSS and TF2 competitive in Europe?
Compared to games like COD4 and CSS, TF2 is only a small fish. The amount of teams for those games is vastly greater than it is for TF2. You can see those numbers coming back everywhere. There aren’t much LANs where you can play TF2. Currently there are only 3 or 4 organizations running TF2 competitions online, but that’s enough. Everyone who wants to play, can play. Because the TF2 scene is smaller, it is more of a tight-knit group where everyone knows each other and gets along. CSS and COD4 are notorious for their immature behavior at times where TF2 has a better reputation. In my opinion, this is what makes playing TF2 far more enjoyable.
How to incentive public players to get into competitive side of tf2?
This is an interesting one. This is what I think: If someone isn’t interested in competitive play, you can’t change that. All you can do is make other people aware of the existence of competitive TF2 and show them how much fun it can be. As an example, there’s the public server I frequent. It started out as just a public server, but some of us wanted to try to play together as a team, and so we did. Since then we talk about competitive TF2 a lot on our forums, and we wear our clan-tag ingame on that public server. Other people read that and ask us questions about it, some of which want to join. This way we’ve created 8 teams from players all coming from our public server in the course of time. The point behind this is: Try to shorten the distance between public players and competitive players. If you can be both competitive and public at once, it’s much easier to get people to cross that line.
What do you think of www.tf2.co.za TF2CCSA (TF2 Competitive Community of
South Africa) and their plans?
I really like your website, it really shows what you guys are doing and it looks very clean. I always like incentives like the match of FakkelBrigade against a local team made of Pantheon and Swift players. From what I’ve heard from RazerFox the TF2CCSA is really ambitious and has a lot of things going on. The new league seems promising too, from my experience leagues are the best type of tournament. With all the things going on, i think the TF2CCSA is on the right road.
The TF2CCSA Team really appreciates your advice and thanks a lot for your time.