On this past 16th of June Valve released an update for TF2 to try solve the spam hacking bots that keep joining matches on Valve Servers with racist names/text chat and abusive noises. These bots can join the match and clone your nickname also, and when you try vote kick it, it disconnects itself so it doesn’t get banned.
It has taken Valve a long time to try do something about it and one of the first actions is to restrict new accounts from using chat in official matchmaking modes. While this does not solve the hacking problem they say still on the works to minimize the use of new and free accounts for offensive and disrespectful purposes.
The TF2 community around the world has been collecting info on these bots to try get them VAC banned. You can read some more info on this ongoing issue on the links below:
- Racist Spam Bots Are Running Rampant In Team Fortress 2
- Regarding the latest update – r/tf2
On the 24th of June yet another update was done for TF2 to control the spam bots and so far we have not seen those bots again.
Part of the update had the following:
- Added rate limit checks for in-game text chat
- Accounts that are unable to chat in matchmaking can no longer update their in-game name while connected to the server