Valve has now launched an e-store dubbed the Mann Co. Store especially for the game Team Fortress 2. Taking advantage of the recently released Steam Wallet, players of Team Fortress 2 will be able to buy inventory items using their own real world money. Although not all items throughout the Team Fortress 2 history will be included, Valve’s Robin Walker told PC Gamer that “it's roughly the equivalent of 60% of the items we have released in the 120+ prior updates". Some of these items can only be bought. This is still a considerable amount of items to spend your newly increased disposable income from today tax cuts.
The cost of the items will range from 0.49 to $4.99 USD. As well as paying cash for items, the Mann Co. Store will include the ability for players to trade and customise an item’s name and colour scheme. The update will also include a fan-made pack from the Polycount community. This pack will include 17 new items for the game’s 5 classes.
In addition, there will be a duelling mini-game. This will allow a player during a match to personally challenge another individual player on the opposing team. This enemy player will be highlighted as the game keeps track of how many times each is killed. Players will be rewarded accordingly with medals and items for winning duels.
However some hardcore Team Fortress 2 players have been voicing their concerns. Some players believe that it takes away the incentive to work hard at the game to unlock these items. Now with the Mann Co. Store, players with deep pockets can simply just purchase them.