Veccrealistically, how do they fix this?What'd the rollback be?
rollback is probably the most logical option right?
- Resetting all inventories to prior to the update? I doubt that's a feature in TF2/Steam so that won't happen
- Reverting all Steam Market transactions since the update? Once again I doubt that's a feature. It also wouldn't fix the problem
- Removing all new unusuals? Apocalypse scenario. Solves nothing. All profit remains with those who unboxed and abused, those who bought the unusuals lose everything (heard something about a trade bot that wasn't updated and was scammed for 6000 dollars worth of keys)
- Making them untradeable? Solves nothing. Profit remains with those who unboxed and abused because they've already sold most of them.
Maybe there's something I'm missing here but any scenario where the hats disappear from the market is one where the abusers profit or go even. (Feel free to prove me wrong though. I might be missing something obvious)
Only possible damage control that won't hurt the playerbase in my eyes is fixing the bug. The hats should be here to stay
they are completely able to reset inventories, steam market transactions or anything of the like, they have done it with dota before and they have master records of every transaction done on steam, through trading, the market etc. it would be straightforward to just write a program that would revert anything to do with buying selling or trading the crates as well as whatever they create to the way it was before the update hit, ie; if you put 50 quid in your account and unboxed a bunch of unusuals then when the update hits you will have 50 on your steam account and all the items will be missing. Valve also has the ability to re roll items that have already been unboxed this is also another theoretical approach to solving this issue. as for people who made money on external 3rd party sites at that point there is nothing they can do since it is no longer valves money and they do not have control over them.
But most importantly there is no way that valve can just allow these items to exist at all, it would just be a massive middle finger to everyone who legitimately owns any unusual because now a rare item that is valuable due to it's rarity is overlooked since everyone just has 50 unusuals, they cant just make them untradable, the items have to disappear in order for the economy to return to a stable state as well as keeping customers happy.