Now Team Fortress 2 is getting a ranked competitive mode too

Blizzard's FPS Overwatch is shaping to be one of the hottest games of 2016, and its new Competitive Play mode is drawing in all the hardcore players with its ranked, skill-based matches. Now Team Fortress 2, Valve's class-based shooter first released in 2007, is jumping on the bandwagon with its own competitive matchmaking mode, included in the upcoming "Meet Your Match" update.

While there's no confirmed release date for Meet Your Match, the new TF2 mode will be familiar to anyone who's spent time with Overwatch's competitive mode. Players will be matched up with opponents based on their skill level, while every win and loss plays a part in climbing up or dropping down in ranks.

Valve is also taking some serious measures to prevent cheaters from causing grief and gaming the system. In order to participate in the competitive mode, TF2 players will need to pair their account with an active phone number, as well as buy a special item with real money, or for $9.99 they purchase a Competitive Access Pass.

Despite TF2's age, the game still has an active and dedicated fan base, and it's nice to Valve continue supporting it with new features. Hopefully the new mode will offer something exciting and fresh for players who've stuck with the game for so long.