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I have been idling for a couple of weeks now, and I would like to know if when you idle overnight, and receive drops, do they build up on the "You have received a new item" page, or do you have to click 'ok' to get more items? If they don't add up, does the time you spent on that new item screen go towards your 10 hrs of weekly idling time?

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According to this wiki items are dropped between 30 and 70 minutes. There is a weekly cap of 10 hours, which gets reset on Thursdays as 00:00 GMT.

If there it time left over after the reset, leftover time will be added to the next week. This is also capped, though. Leftover time can only max the current week to 20 hours.

As a side note, Mann Co. Supply Crates and other usable items drop on a separate timer, meaning that these items do not affect the interval between regular drops.

Also relevant information from here:

the amount of items a player can earn in a week is estimated to be around 8-12 items

and

As of the July 11, 2013 patch, the above method does not work anymore. Idling in textmode will not get you items. You must click on the item notifications as they come up or you will only get one item.

  • So, does that mean this is the end of idling? Are there any other methods? – user51933 Jul 15 '13 at 19:07
  • You can still idle, you just have to open your new item when you get one. I don't think valve was every all that on board with idling (though they were never against it per-say) so this is likely them just trying to stop people from doing this. Especially now that the marketplace is going live. – Batophobia Jul 15 '13 at 21:08
  • have any auto-clicking programs come out? – user51933 Jul 16 '13 at 0:07
  • None to my knowledge, but I'd imagine it wouldn't be too hard to get one working. There may even be some generic ones that might work. – Batophobia Jul 16 '13 at 0:55

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