It's been a long road for Valve fighting against bots in Team Fortress 2 but it looks like the community has been overall quite happy with the latest changes.
This has led to Team Fortress 2 seeing a popularity explosion in users playing, with it hitting a new all-time peak of 151,253 around 3 days ago with the previous peak being 147,360 back in December 2020 which you can see (along with much more) on the useful SteamDB website.
Originally released in 2007 so it's pretty old now (but still lots of fun), and Team Fortress 2 was one of the first Western created games to end up with loot boxes which ended up proving quite lucrative for Valve who also added them into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Valve has gradually updated Team Fortress 2 less over the years, which bots seemed to have taken hold of and which ended up causing quite a mess. Valve keeps taking small steps to improve it and it certainly seems like the recent updates have helped.
The questions are: how long until bots find more workarounds and will Valve keep patching? Let's hope for the best for what's now a classic shooter.
You can play TF2 free on Steam.