mastercomsCS:GO has much more restricted options than TF2, yet it's a huge esport. The only thing that's really killing the competitive scene is the lack of a Valve backed tournament. Money shifts a lot of things around and makes people able to ignore annoyances.
Sure, we could also have some optimizations to the game like CS:GO has had, but really just a Valve tournament would be enough.
“much more restrictive options”
like what? their tiny ass muted viewmodels cant be turned off? you can turn all the settings down in CSGO and still
play in any server in any mode. if you want to launch tf2 competitive it locks your giant ass colorful distraction of a viewmodel in front of your face and your detail settings lock at high
why in god’s green hell you think cs is more restrictive