Please, just stop idling.
By Tim Colwill on July 19, 2013 at 11:53 am
Valve have announced the release of a patch that will prevent players from simply sitting idle in Team Fortress 2 servers to get time-based item and card drops.
The solution, deployed last week, means that players are now only eligible for drops if they are actively playing the game on a VAC-secured server, and not just sitting in textmode.
“You will not be banned for just idling,” clarifies Valve. However you “may be banned if you use external programs to circumvent idle detection.”
With the introduction of the Steam marketplace and people paying real money for imaginary headwear, idling to generate item drops has become even more lucrative and silly then ever. Hopefully this new patch can put a stop this server-clogging practice.
Source: Team Fortress 2