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Goodbye,leaving tf2 and stepping down from Comp.tf
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Hey, I’m Kaneco.

Some of you may not know me, as I’m not active in the scene anymore but because I’m linked to a few community projects that affect the scene I decided to make this post.

Some of you may know me as being the founder and admin of Comp.tf. Others may know me as that guy who made a 10 mins fragmovie of himself and edited a bunch of other youtube stuff. Or even from my involvement with the various community projects I worked on like tf2pickup.net, Saloon.tf, etc…

You are probably already guessing the point here, and as apparent from my steam profile, I haven’t really had the time nor will for tf2 or even gaming lately, this post will be my goodbye to the community and the game which I loved and brought me many happy moments and friendships (including real life ones) which still last to this day.
Competitive TF2 was much of my life for years, I spent literally thousands of hours playing it and working for it. Because of such a huge time sink, it was also a constant battle with myself, because while not being profitable or a realistic career path I still greatly enjoyed it and put the work hoping some day comp tf2 would get the recognition it deserved. It sadly didn’t (or at least not yet) but by then it had already affected my personal and academic life. This was my main reason to quit tf2 and all involvement with the scene. I’m currently working while also studying at the university and I can’t afford the dedication it required.

With this being said, and considering I’m currently Comp.tf’s admin and “owner” I have decided to step down and to pass the project onto my fellow admins’ hands, corbt, ffc and the rest of the team have the passion and time I can’t really afford to have right now, and I will trust them with the project in its entirety knowing it’s in good hands, and that the path they decide to take forward with it will be the best for the project and the community. This transition will take place sometime during the next couple weeks hopefully.

Regarding the i55 fragmovie, I feel I owe you an explanation and apology for not having released it or giving updates on it, admittedly it’s my biggest regret now that I’m “retiring” and it’s the reason I leave with a slight bitter taste. Honestly it was a typical case of Murphy’s law, I spent literally months chasing the players for demos and collecting resources and even then I was not able to get a bunch of them as evidenced here. By the time I had all I needed I started to work to support myself while studying at the university, so was left with absolutely no time. A few months later I got back on it, only to be let down by a broken HDD (accidentally broke the drive pins while cleaning my pc) which contained much of the resources and material I was working on. By the time I had it all back up and running, i58 was approaching fast and lots of pov demos were already broken or left completely unusable due to some of the big matchmaking updates during last year. I was left with very little material and shattered motivation for it. By then my relationship with tf2 was already distant, I didn’t even play the game anymore, just did work on comptf and edited videos, because that was all I enjoyed, I was just staying around until I finished the movie and that would be my goodbye, unfortunately things don’t always go quite how you expect them to, so a bit after i58 I changed jobs after working most summer, classes started again and a bunch other personal issues arose so I just called it off and stopped gaming altogether. I do have some raw footage and some very early work, nothing really relevant but I might scroll through it to see if there’s anything worth releasing. Don’t really get your hopes high tho.

Despite this slight bitter taste because of not having accomplished everything I set out to, I also leave proud and confident that I helped create and develop a lot of resources that are used nowadays by a majority of the competitive tf2 community. This was of course not an easy road and I was at times the focus of a lot of criticism and attrition from other prominent community members but I hope, now that I’m leaving, that those people understand I never had bad intentions, that I always loved tf2 and tried to contribute to the scene as much as I could, it’s just very hard to make a name for yourself in such a closed environment, that can also be hostile at times, so I just had to keep going.

As a final note, I wanna thank personally to all the people who crossed paths and that worked with me in the various projects and that made this a very interesting and enriching experience.
San alex for getting me into competitive tf2, Nacho for always being my tf2 bro, CanFo for being one of the OGs of European tf2 and helping me reach out to sponsors when comptf was starting out, Crafz for the original tf2pickup site and for giving me the opportunity to help and admin the project from the start, the very first community project I was involved in, ducky for being my go-to technical guy that made our first comptf cups possible. EVLGaming for providing servers and resources that kept comptf going. Tragic, simrai and all the people that helped run and host our bball, ultiduo and newbie cups. Cherry for the always interesting conversations and for giving me the opportunity to work in Saloon.
SonnyBlack for being an excellent admin taking European tf2 to new highs and being a very collaborative person. Atlas for being the very first admin on comptf along with me and being an unmeasurable help that made it possible for the wiki to grow so much at the start. ffc for being an amazing admin and person, by being always incredibly helpful and level headed, and whose opinion I always respected and valued very much. Corbt for his great admin work and his insane number of contributions to the wiki and for at times making me see the other side of a certain situation. Quantic for his outstanding work with Lawena recording tool and for working closely with me and listening to my feedback on improvements to the tool that made life incredibly easier for me to edit and record tf2 videos.
The rest of the comp.tf team (cirlo, Concordia, armadillo, etc…) and all the contributors to our site, I can’t possibly name them all but I am so thankful for all your help and contributions that made the wiki what it is today.
The entire Portuguese competitive scene, which sadly died out the last couple years, but that provided me with some of the most enjoyable ad enriching experiences I ever had. Going to my first lan, and creating real life friendships that still last to this day.
All my past teams and teammates (specially .avi and v3) which made this game so enjoyable and exciting and always making me strive to improve. Moments like these, make it all worth it.
All the pro players that were kind enough to reply and give feedback on my work, provide demos when requested, and help out the wiki or other projects. Sorry for letting you down, I know some of you were really excited for the i55 movie.

Sorry for the incredibly long post, and I’m probably forgetting a ton of amazing and kind people but I could be here all day listing them, just really, thank you for making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Now it has come the time for me to close this chapter and pursue other things in life.

Hey, I’m Kaneco.

Some of you may not know me, as I’m not active in the scene anymore but because I’m linked to a few community projects that affect the scene I decided to make this post.

Some of you may know me as being the founder and admin of Comp.tf. Others may know me as that guy who made a [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwThwtDDWaI]10 mins fragmovie of himself[/url] and edited a bunch of [url=https://www.youtube.com/user/comptf/videos]other youtube stuff[/url]. Or even from my involvement with the various community projects I worked on like tf2pickup.net, Saloon.tf, etc…

You are probably already guessing the point here, and as apparent from my steam profile, I haven’t really had the time nor will for tf2 or even gaming lately, this post will be my goodbye to the community and the game which I loved and brought me many happy moments and friendships (including real life ones) which still last to this day.
Competitive TF2 was much of my life for years, I spent literally thousands of hours playing it and working for it. Because of such a huge time sink, it was also a constant battle with myself, because while not being profitable or a realistic career path I still greatly enjoyed it and put the work hoping some day comp tf2 would get the recognition it deserved. It sadly didn’t (or at least not yet) but by then it had already affected my personal and academic life. This was my main reason to quit tf2 and all involvement with the scene. I’m currently working while also studying at the university and I can’t afford the dedication it required.

With this being said, and considering I’m currently Comp.tf’s admin and “owner” I have decided to step down and to pass the project onto my fellow admins’ hands, corbt, ffc and the rest of the team have the passion and time I can’t really afford to have right now, and I will trust them with the project in its entirety knowing it’s in good hands, and that the path they decide to take forward with it will be the best for the project and the community. This transition will take place sometime during the next couple weeks hopefully.

Regarding the i55 fragmovie, I feel I owe you an explanation and apology for not having released it or giving updates on it, admittedly it’s my biggest regret now that I’m “retiring” and it’s the reason I leave with a slight bitter taste. Honestly it was a typical case of [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy's_law]Murphy’s law[/url], I spent literally months chasing the players for demos and collecting resources and even then I was not able to get a bunch of them as evidenced [url=https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11A-2fZyS_FFvg7O6nmnvqg922_ypPcp-r7XYT2o-fFA/edit?usp=sharing]here[/url]. By the time I had all I needed I started to work to support myself while studying at the university, so was left with absolutely no time. A few months later I got back on it, only to be let down by a broken HDD (accidentally broke the drive pins while cleaning my pc) which contained much of the resources and material I was working on. By the time I had it all back up and running, i58 was approaching fast and lots of pov demos were already broken or left completely unusable due to some of the big matchmaking updates during last year. I was left with very little material and shattered motivation for it. By then my relationship with tf2 was already distant, I didn’t even play the game anymore, just did work on comptf and edited videos, because that was all I enjoyed, I was just staying around until I finished the movie and that would be my goodbye, unfortunately things don’t always go quite how you expect them to, so a bit after i58 I changed jobs after working most summer, classes started again and a bunch other personal issues arose so I just called it off and stopped gaming altogether. I do have some raw footage and some very early work, nothing really relevant but I might scroll through it to see if there’s anything worth releasing. Don’t really get your hopes high tho.

Despite this slight bitter taste because of not having accomplished everything I set out to, I also leave proud and confident that I helped create and develop a lot of resources that are used nowadays by a majority of the competitive tf2 community. This was of course not an easy road and I was at times the focus of a lot of criticism and attrition from other prominent community members but I hope, now that I’m leaving, that those people understand I never had bad intentions, that I always loved tf2 and tried to contribute to the scene as much as I could, it’s just very hard to make a name for yourself in such a closed environment, that can also be hostile at times, so I just had to keep going.

As a final note, I wanna thank personally to all the people who crossed paths and that worked with me in the various projects and that made this a very interesting and enriching experience.
San alex for getting me into competitive tf2, Nacho for always being my tf2 bro, CanFo for being one of the OGs of European tf2 and helping me reach out to sponsors when comptf was starting out, Crafz for the original tf2pickup site and for giving me the opportunity to help and admin the project from the start, the very first community project I was involved in, ducky for being my go-to technical guy that made our first comptf cups possible. EVLGaming for providing servers and resources that kept comptf going. Tragic, simrai and all the people that helped run and host our bball, ultiduo and newbie cups. Cherry for the always interesting conversations and for giving me the opportunity to work in Saloon.
SonnyBlack for being an excellent admin taking European tf2 to new highs and being a very collaborative person. Atlas for being the very first admin on comptf along with me and being an unmeasurable help that made it possible for the wiki to grow so much at the start. ffc for being an amazing admin and person, by being always incredibly helpful and level headed, and whose opinion I always respected and valued very much. Corbt for his great admin work and his insane number of contributions to the wiki and for at times making me see the other side of a certain situation. Quantic for his outstanding work with Lawena recording tool and for working closely with me and listening to my feedback on improvements to the tool that made life incredibly easier for me to edit and record tf2 videos.
The rest of the comp.tf team (cirlo, Concordia, armadillo, etc…) and all the contributors to our site, I can’t possibly name them all but I am so thankful for all your help and contributions that made the wiki what it is today.
The entire Portuguese competitive scene, which sadly died out the last couple years, but that provided me with some of the most enjoyable ad enriching experiences I ever had. Going to my first lan, and creating real life friendships that still last to this day.
All my past teams and teammates (specially .avi and v3) which made this game so enjoyable and exciting and always making me strive to improve. Moments like [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvDgFGJxjso]these[/url], make it all worth it.
All the pro players that were kind enough to reply and give feedback on my work, provide demos when requested, and help out the wiki or other projects. Sorry for letting you down, I know some of you were really excited for the i55 movie.

Sorry for the incredibly long post, and I’m probably forgetting a ton of amazing and kind people but I could be here all day listing them, just really, thank you for making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Now it has come the time for me to close this chapter and pursue other things in life.
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Can't say I'm suprised, I think most could see this coming for a while now.
Thanks for everything you've done.
Good luck in your future and all that.

I can archive the current state of the i55 fragmovie project if you want me to.

Can't say I'm suprised, I think most could see this coming for a while now.
Thanks for everything you've done.
Good luck in your future and all that.

I can archive the current state of the i55 fragmovie project if you want me to.
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It's good fam, beater already made the i55 frag video and it's good enough for me at-least.

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It's good fam, beater already made the i55 frag video and it's good enough for me at-least.
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Hi Kaneco,
I wanted to say thanks a ton for your effort specifically in regards to comp.tf, with only a couple of seasons under my belt, your wiki was the backbone of my study material as a new player looking to learn and improve. Without such a valuable community resource, I'm not sure that I'd have gotten into playing at all due to the lack of centralization of learning material. I wish you luck on your future endeavors and hope you continue to work on impact projects no matter where you end up.

edit: grammar

Hi Kaneco,
I wanted to say thanks a ton for your effort specifically in regards to comp.tf, with only a couple of seasons under my belt, your wiki was the backbone of my study material as a new player looking to learn and improve. Without such a valuable community resource, I'm not sure that I'd have gotten into playing at all due to the lack of centralization of learning material. I wish you luck on your future endeavors and hope you continue to work on impact projects no matter where you end up.

edit: grammar
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Thank you. For all you've for the community. Comp.tf has been a wonderful thing to have as reference. May your future be bright Kaneco.

Thank you. For all you've for the community. Comp.tf has been a wonderful thing to have as reference. May your future be bright Kaneco.
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tl;dr

tl;dr
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who the fuck are you tho?

who the fuck are you tho?
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fuckkk i love your videos im sad now, i will miss you, but you will come back some day, no one leaves tf2

fuckkk i love your videos im sad now, i will miss you, but you will come back some day, no one leaves tf2
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like 2 years ago you made a highlight of me shitting on purpleshirt when i was playing medic in highlander and it was sick so thanks and have fun with your life dude

like 2 years ago you made a highlight of me shitting on purpleshirt when i was playing medic in highlander and it was sick so thanks and have fun with your life dude
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Duckywho the fuck are you tho?

fuck off this guy has done more tf2 than you ever have and ever will, you insensitive prick

edit: i now realise he was joking xd

[quote=Ducky]who the fuck are you tho?[/quote]
fuck off this guy has done more tf2 than you ever have and ever will, you insensitive prick

edit: i now realise he was joking xd
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comp.tf is an amazing community resource. TF2 has 10 years of history and comp.tf is the only place that comes close to collecting all of it. I remember when you first announced comp.tf I thought it was an amazing idea and I went hard editing it for a couple of months before burning out. That you've stayed at it for years is impressive. I'm glad to hear that comp.tf will stay up.

Hope you find success and happiness.

comp.tf is an amazing community resource. TF2 has 10 years of history and comp.tf is the only place that comes close to collecting all of it. I remember when you first announced comp.tf I thought it was an amazing idea and I went hard editing it for a couple of months before burning out. That you've stayed at it for years is impressive. I'm glad to hear that comp.tf will stay up.

Hope you find success and happiness.
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http://comp.tf/wiki/Antwa

http://comp.tf/wiki/Antwa
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AlfieDuckywho the fuck are you tho?fuck off this guy has done more tf2 than you ever have and ever will, you insensitive prick

edit: i now realise he was joking xd

smh

[quote=Alfie][quote=Ducky]who the fuck are you tho?[/quote]
fuck off this guy has done more tf2 than you ever have and ever will, you insensitive prick

edit: i now realise he was joking xd[/quote]
smh
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Duckywho the fuck are you tho?

the ammount of people who didn't read the post is pretty high

[quote=Ducky]who the fuck are you tho?[/quote]
the ammount of people who didn't read the post is pretty high
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i think people are just lazy and cba to change the downvote to an upvote
like me lul

i think people are just lazy and cba to change the downvote to an upvote
like me lul
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comp.tf
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Duckywho the fuck are you tho?

Forgive ducky, it was always hard to work with special children like him, but it made it all that more rewarding. Miss u too bro! <3

Also thank you all for your kind words, in particular wolsne, it's very heartwarming to read such things because that was exactly what I had in mind when I set out to create comp.tf and it's amazing to know it paid off.

Merchantcomp.tf is an amazing community resource. TF2 has 10 years of history and comp.tf is the only place that comes close to collecting all of it. I remember when you first announced comp.tf I thought it was an amazing idea and I went hard editing it for a couple of months before burning out. That you've stayed at it for years is impressive. I'm glad to hear that comp.tf will stay up.

Hope you find success and happiness.

It will stay up and even better, the team (well mainly corbt) has decided to remove ads for the future. Thank you for your kind words.

Dollyhttp://comp.tf/wiki/Antwa

Not sure if this is a dig at the advertising, the lack of information or criticizing the wiki but it still doesn't help in any of those points. I ran it adfree for almost 2 years paying out of pocket and then I put ads on it so it could be self sustainable, which it turned out to be, at least for a few months, still wasn't enough to even break even. I could also pick one of the most well written and contributed player pages on the wiki to counter your point and show you the result of actually contributing instead of just complaining about it. That's the beauty of wiki's, it isn't the work of 1 person, as of right now there have been over 45 thousand edits from over 5 thousand users and visitors, you could be one of those! :)
Nevertheless the current team which I will be passing on the wiki to, will remove ads completely and return it to an ad free experience, but don't expect the content to improve just by complaining about it.

[quote=Ducky]who the fuck are you tho?[/quote]
Forgive ducky, it was always hard to work with special children like him, but it made it all that more rewarding. Miss u too bro! <3

Also thank you all for your kind words, in particular [i]wolsne[/i], it's very heartwarming to read such things because that was exactly what I had in mind when I set out to create comp.tf and it's amazing to know it paid off.

[quote=Merchant]comp.tf is an amazing community resource. TF2 has 10 years of history and comp.tf is the only place that comes close to collecting all of it. I remember when you first announced comp.tf I thought it was an amazing idea and I went hard editing it for a couple of months before burning out. That you've stayed at it for years is impressive. I'm glad to hear that comp.tf will stay up.

Hope you find success and happiness.[/quote]
It will stay up and even better, the team (well mainly corbt) has decided to remove ads for the future. Thank you for your kind words.

[quote=Dolly]http://comp.tf/wiki/Antwa[/quote]
Not sure if this is a dig at the advertising, the lack of information or criticizing the wiki but it still doesn't help in any of those points. I ran it adfree for almost 2 years paying out of pocket and then I put ads on it so it could be self sustainable, which it turned out to be, at least for a few months, still wasn't enough to even break even. I could also [url=http://comp.tf/wiki/B4nny]pick[/url] one of the most well written and contributed player pages on the wiki to counter your point and show you the result of actually contributing instead of just complaining about it. That's the beauty of wiki's, it isn't the work of 1 person, as of right now there have been over 45 thousand edits from over 5 thousand users and visitors, you could be one of those! :)
Nevertheless the current team which I will be passing on the wiki to, will remove ads completely and return it to an ad free experience, but don't expect the content to improve just by complaining about it.
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Thank you for everything you've done for this community, I wish you the best of luck with what you're doing next <3

Thank you for everything you've done for this community, I wish you the best of luck with what you're doing next <3
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Dollyhttp://comp.tf/wiki/Antwa

Gon' research :>

[quote=Dolly]http://comp.tf/wiki/Antwa[/quote]

Gon' research :>
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