July 26, 2019 Valve disables TF2 inventory access in the wake of a massive bug that’s shaken the game’s economy.
Valve still hasn’t offered any official comment on the bug that’s currently wreaking havoc in the Team Fortress 2 economy, but the developers have disabled access to inventories on the Steam market as they – presumably – work to fix the bug that caused all the exploits in the first place. In the meantime, TF2 player counts have hit their biggest peaks in months as users rush to take advantage of the exploit.
The TF2 item server is still up, as Wickedplayer494 notes on Twitter, so you still have access to your items in-game – you just can’t get to them via the market interface, and thus can’t buy, sell, or trade them. Even before Valve took this action, third-party trading sites including Backpack.tf and Marketplace.tf had already begun to disable functionality for the duration of the bug.
Amid all this, TF2 player counts hit a peak of 93.245 players – the biggest organic number the game’s hit all year. According to teamwork.tf, it looks like they were mostly in the main menu, as counts haven’t really been affected in actual game servers. The numbers have stabilised closer to normal since Valve locked down inventory access.
Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/team-fortress-2/tf2-unusuals