Thanks for agreeing to do this AMA, I hope you and your family are well.
2020 was supposed to be a big year for TF2 but one of the keystone events on the calendar got cancelled before the year began. While that LAN and Rewind 1+2 weren't eXactly "brought to you by TeamFortress.tv" there was a very clear overlap of organizing staff between that group and the general TF.tv volunteer pool. Adding to that, TeamFortress.tv hasn't always had the clearest hierarchy which has given some individuals the ability to hold more sway than they perhaps should. Was there a point prior to the BTS LAN where TeamFortress.tv had become aware of Dashner's problematic behavior and chosen to disassociate with him, or were there any concerns about his ability to essentially act as TF.tv?
Considering that at some points in his TF2 career it seemed like he spoke on behalf of TF.tv, as well as there being a completely seperate major scandal regarding grooming and predatory behavior, have there been policy changes put in place regarding how TF.tv volunteer staff are being handled to prevent similar issues from happening again?
In Tagg's "Why I quit TF2" video, one of the major themes was that he felt taken advantage of as a volunteer. Console- recently stepped down from his TeamFortress.TV duties due to burnout. While revenue streams are limited for TF2, what is TF.tv doing non-monetarily or with their current revenue streams to support their volunteers and the community?
Additionally, are there any plans to pursue other revenue streams for TF.tv or do things like organize community tournaments at public LAN events?
TeamFortress.TV has always billed itself as the home of competitive TF2 yet the website continues to ignore Highlander in its written and streamed coverage. The numbers of players signed up for highlander in RGL.gg is pretty close to the number of people signed up for traditional 6s (~540 HL to ~600 trad6s was my rough count off teams/standard line-ups, so I didn't count that HL generally needs more sub players). RGL.gg is also spinning up it's no-restriction 6s season following the conclusion of traditional 6s and has promised another season of Prolander later this year. Will we see TF.tv coverage eXpanding into these other formats or will TF.tv retain its focus on being the "home" of traditional 6s?
While as work on HL:AlyX concludes we might possibly see the TF2 dev team return back to their game, it seems like the community needs to continue to grow/maintain itself. OverWatch serves as an eXample but there are many other esports in which the developer keeps an eXtremely tight grip on the game. With Valve giving so much control to the community, what do you think the future holds for our contributions towards this esport that we love?