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If you are a free to play user of TF2 and you purchase the Orange Box, do you get premium status and the Proof of Purchase in TF2?

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Yes, it does. Buying (or being gifted) the Orange Box is one of the ways to get "premium status" and the "Proof of Purchase" hat in TF2. In fact, this is one of the original ways to do so.

I own the Orange Box, which I bought a long time ago, and I have both of these things, even though I've never made a purchase via the Mann Co. store. Others on the Steam Forums have reported that even after the game went F2P, this is still the case.

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Yes, it grants you premium status. This is why TF2 is still listed as being part of the Orange Box.

However, from what I've heard, it no longer grants the Proof of Purchase if purchased after the date TF2 went Free to Play. People who bought it before that date and have a giftable copy can still gift it to someone to give them the hat.

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I think not getting the hat may have been a bug that was fixed, but I can't find an authoritative reference. –  agent86 Jan 6 '12 at 22:43
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In my case I have been granted with Proof of Purchase, however haven't got the premium abilities, like trading, more slots etc.

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I gifted someone The Orange Box and this is the result we got, too, though I'm not even sure that person got the Proof of Purchase. Definitely no free trading and stuff, though. –  Xkeeper Jan 9 '12 at 20:31
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