So a few days ago, the Tough Break update was released for Team Fortress 2, and I bought it on the first day. I have completed 3 contracts by now, and since yesterday morning I don't get any new ones.

Does anyone know, when the players get new conracts? Could it be weekly or something?

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There is no information on the Tough Break page, so I think that it is the same as the Gun Mettle update:

You'll be assigned two skill-based contracts each week for the length of the Gun Mettle Campaign.

So you have to wait a few days and after playing a bit, a new contract will pop up.


OK, now that we're several weeks into the update, the drop rate is a bit clearer based on observations.

Contracts do NOT use the Gun Mettle drop times.

What is the same between the contracts are this:

  • You start with 2 contracts.
  • You get 2 additional contracts per week (including the first week).

However, when you get those contracts has changed drastically.

Based on available evidence, it appears that contracts drop on two fixed days specific to your account.

Contracts for my account drop on Thursday mid-day and Friday early morning. At first, I thought this was based on the Item Drop system (which resets at midnight UTC Thursday morning), but others have commented about how they got contracts sooner or later.

This is also why contract #4 seemed to take so long to appear for me: The update hit on a Thursday afternoon, so it took roughly 6 days and 18 hours before I got contract #4.

As I noted in my (now deleted) answer, Valve plans to have exactly 26 contracts total.

  • Do we need to play on our particular day(s) to gain the contract? Or do they 'bank up' like they did in Gunmettle/Halloween? I.e. Is it possible to 'miss' contracts?
    – Robotnik
    Jan 15, 2016 at 6:32
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    @Robotnik They bank up. Also, there's still apparently a 12 hour or so randomness to it... my Friday ones sometimes don't arrive until Saturday and my Thursday ones sometimes arrive on Wednesday nights.
    – Powerlord
    Jan 15, 2016 at 14:48
  • Ugh. I blame Gaben lol
    – Robotnik
    Jan 15, 2016 at 15:01

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