Team Fortress 2 is finally getting the competitive matchmaking services, which was a long time demand for this game.
Valve has planned how they’re going to implement matchmaking, and when it’ll arrive.
Competitive Beta — The Plan
Hello from the TF2 team, and thanks for joining the TF2 competitive beta group! We hope you’re all ready to start killing each other for points as we get this mode up on its feet.
We know you’d all like to start testing now, and eventually we hope all of you WILL get a chance to play and share your thoughts. But remember that all testing happens in stages, and right now we’re at stage one.
Our plan is to start small and increase participation as we go. For this initial phase of testing – which will begin in the next week or so – we’ll be gradually granting random members from this group an in-game item called a Competitive Matchmaking Beta Pass. Once you’ve been granted a pass you will have ongoing access to the beta.
In addition, we will begin holding both announced and unannounced stress-test events, inviting many group members to participate for the duration of the event to test our systems. Group members selected for stress-tests won’t require a pass to play for the duration of the event.
Whether we randomly select you for stress testing or grant you a pass, we will prioritize group members that meet the following requirements:
Have either purchased a copy of Team Fortress 2 prior to June 23, 2011, or have made a purchase from the Mann Co. Store. (AKA premium accounts)
Have Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator enabled. ( https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=8625-WRAH-9030 )
Have a phone number associated with your Steam account ( https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=8625-WRAH-9030#addphone )