Has it really been a year since Valve opened the Team Fortress 2 Mann Co. Store? Time flies when you’re makin’ money, and now the Store is one year old. I remember the surprising first payouts to item creators, but that pales in comparison to the two million dollars that item-creators have made since then.
It’s never too late to get in on the action, and Valve has made it even easier with the “Manniversary” update. Even if creating items for sale is not your calling, you should check out the sale going on through Monday, October 17th, 2011.
Here are the details:
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the first annual “Manniversary Update and Sale” celebrating the fourth year of TF2, the first full year of the in-game “Mann Co. Store” and $2 mil earned by community item creators.
Team Fortress 2 was first released as part of The Orange Box in October 2007 and has earned numerous awards and become one of the most popular online action games of all time. One year ago, Valve introduced the “Mann Co. Store” to TF2 which allows community members to design, buy, sell and trade items wearable by the game’s characters. During the past year, community item-creators have made over $2,000,000 selling their digital creations through the Mann Co. Store.
“The ‘Mann Co. Store’ represents an important new direction for games and game makers,” said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. “By leveraging and extending the platform features of Steam, Team Fortress 2 has enabled a viable marketplace for independent content creators and significantly extended the gameplay experience in an incredibly short amount of time.”
The Manniversary Update includes several new features, including Steam Workshop, an improved item submission system that allows community item-creators to test, share and track the status of their creations. The entire TF2 community will also be allowed to participate by browsing, rating and offering feedback on all submitted items. The Steam Workshop will be fully integrated with the Steam community.
In addition to the Workshop, the Manniversary Update will also ship 30 new hats and cosmetic items, an item decal system, weeklong “try before you buy” item tryouts, loadout presets, multiple miscellaneous items slots, improved game performance, and a new taunt. The Update is one of the largest and most ambitious in TF2’s four-year history.
As part of the Manniversary celebration, almost everything in the Mann Co. in-game store will be on sale until Monday, October 17th, 2011.