I was planning to set up a Windows dedicated Team Fortress 2 server using this configuration guide and the linked TF2 Windows Dedicated Server page from the official team fortress 2 wiki.

However, I don't see any mention of item drops or any server cvars I should leave alone to avoid breaking them.

So is there any special configuration required (or any settings to avoid, besides the obvious sv_cheats 1) for a dedicated server to allow players to receive item drops?

Edit: Added links to pages now that I have enough rep to do so.

  • Actually I don't think sv_cheats 1 disables drops.
    – badp
    Jun 27, 2011 at 7:03
  • really? I assumed that since sv_cheats 1 normally disables achievements, it would also disable drops
    – Caspar
    Jun 27, 2011 at 7:14
  • this post implies that you need to turn off sv_cheats 1 and enter retry before you can get drops again, but I'm still surprised drops aren't turned off for the entire match.
    – Caspar
    Jun 27, 2011 at 7:20
  • No, sv_cheats 1 does not disable drops.
    – BoltClock
    Jun 27, 2011 at 13:51

2 Answers 2


I believe item drops are enabled by default. When I create a game or start offline practice on my home computer, I don't need to do anything to start receiving drops.


The only way that you can affect item drop rate is if your server cannot connect to the internet, at which point your clients should not be getting dropped items. Apart from that it's not affected by anything else. timescale, cheats, etc do not affect the drop rate.

Typically if you see "VAC secure mode is activated." at the console after a map change your clients should get drops.

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