Hugs.tf is a small team of creators based in the UK. They raise money for Special Effect through streaming live Team Fortress-related events via Twitch.
Hugs17 is a 26 hour live stream taking place across the weekend of the 6/7th May 2017. Running from 17:00BST on Saturday 6th May until 19:00BST Sunday, with a selection of scheduled events and guest appearances from personalities within the Team Fortress 2 community.
Coverage of the event is being brought to screens via a partnership with Essentials.tf, who handle the majority of the video content. Live in-game content, such as the showmatches, will be captured with the keen eyes of BlackOut Gaming.
Hugs.tf began under the name of "Value of Teamwork" in February 2014. They began as a Gameblast team with Ryan "loris" Callard, Elliott "eepily" Callard, Amy "Tweak" Barratt and Jake "Kubbie51" Brain. They raised 140GBP with JustGiving during a 24 hour stream from a dining room in Hanwell, West London.
In 2015, they rebranded under the name Hugs.tf. They raised 500GBP from the living room of a new shared gaming house, streaming without break between busy work schedules and busier housemates. They gave away one unusual hat through a small raffle: an Unusual Hat With No Name.
2016 saw the birth of the partnership with Essentials.tf, and offered viewers a wide variety of high value prizes through the largest raffle to date, due to the addition of sponsors TF2Pickup.net and Whitelist.tf. The schedule featured two international showmatches, a painting section, hours of public and competitve Team Fortress 2, and plenty of live kitten footage. Just over 3000GBP was raised for Special Effect throughout the event.