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Valve launches new content delivery system with TF2 update

Will introduce faster map loading and quicker boot times for multiple games

Valve has announced that the latest Team Fortress 2 update includes 'SteamPipe', a new content delivery system for Steam.


In a post on the official Team Fortress 2 website, Valve said SteamPipe "improves the way content is downloaded, updated and stored".

SteamPipe will be used to deliver content for Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, and Half-life 2: Deathmatch. The result will be faster map loading times and quicker boot times, as well as easier distribution, installation, and management of mods.

In a SteamPipe FAQ, Valve warned users that the new process could take a while to work on some computers, and requested users be patient.

In March, Gabe Newell said Valve's business has grown by about 50% in the past year.