System messages

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Team Fortress 2 features a global messaging system, which allows Valve to send custom notifications to all in-game players at once. These are referred to as system messages. System messages are custom messages sent from Valve and are therefore not translated for non-English players. The system is used rarely, and usually to broadcast maintenance notifications, scheduled broadcasts, or tournaments.

The Blood Brothers comic was announced as part of the MvM ARG through a system message.

System messages appear in both the chat area and in the notification area and are accompanied by a beeping sound.