Oh my fucking god I am so tired of hearing this tired bullshit. "Don't ban people the community is small." "Every community has a bad side!" "Us being blatant pieces of shit isn't why people don't play the game." I've been hearing this for YEARS. I don't know what the hell is the common mindset of this site, but are you guys aware we're the MAIN source of competitive TF2? How good do you think it looks when someone who holds a small interest in the game, sees people defending a guy who did the shit bowl did? When people have made multiple threads of being harassed? When there's a big spiel about a tf2 pedo?How do you seriously see people act like such garbage consistently and then just think "This in no way has any effect on how people view our community."
There's A LOT of factors that come into play why people don't play competitive. The game is too different from casual, people couldn't pay to play in ESEA, odd scrim times, VALVe doesn't support us, etc. I interact with pubbers A LOT. I played A LOT of TF2. I played A LOT of almost any gamemode you can imagine. One of the biggest reasons why people don't want to play is because the community looks like shit. I've heard so many stories of people trying to give the game a chance > go to TF2center > get fucking bullied > don't touch the game again. It's not just "haha you're bad" btw. It's literal slurs, told you're retarded, and all that other fun shit. On top of that, we have top players who seem to condone this stupid shit. I have met plenty of people who don't commit to playing because we just LOOK awful.
Stop giving bullshit excuses so you can act like a shit person/not care about what you say. Our scene is SMALL. Everyone knows we're small. Our ratio to shitheads to decent people is very fucking bad. There's a lot of factors that work against us as a community that we have no control over. So when we have the ability to actually control one of these factors why the hell do you guys want to turn a blind eye to it?