When it comes to talking about competitive TF2 in this chaotic region, FBTF is a big name around here. Created in 1998 originally for Quakeworld Team Fortress, it had stumbles and periods of inactivity before bringing back the QWTF community together after some months of the release of Team Fortress 2, establishing permanently as the one and only competitive league in South America. The first tournament, called Summer Challenge, happened between January and April of 2008 under the old 8v8 format, before adopting the standard 6v6 format for its consequent tournaments, such as the Autumn Challenge.
Many cups later, the first iteration of the LBTF2 editions was born in January 2009, with the participation of 34 teams, the biggest championship so far in South America. From that era, many more LBTF2 seasons were to come as well as Highlander and 4v4 seasons, with a total of 16 seasons of 6v6, 5 seasons of Highlander and an edition of a 4s tournament throughout 11 years of community service, before closing its doors in mid 2019. The league gave birth to many historical teams such as MONSTER or Les Watones, where renowned players like Powah, ninjax and legit grew up to be under the spotlight of the rest of the world.
the birth of other leagues
But FBTF was not the only project the community had between hands. Due to differences in management ideas, in late 2016 an experienced member decided to start Chapelaria, a league whose main aspects were the focus on newbie players and it's private access, due to severe internal conflicts. Its first 6v6 pilot season aimed to focus on the Brazilian region, and later on several members of the community made possible the expansion to the entire continent by providing adminstration and translation services. During a small hiatus from FBTF, the continent enjoyed 3 seasons of 6v6 tournaments (one of them casted at TFTV!), as well as 9v9, BBall and Ultiduo cups. Apart from its tournaments, the league was striking for its associations with FACEIT during its TF2 boom, where monthly PUG cups and even the main tournaments awarded FACEIT Points, tradable by in-game and real life goods. Sadly and due to the community's decay in players and sustainability, the league shut its doors along with 2018.
Few months before Chapelaria, Brasil Fortress was seeing the light as TBFC, a league intially aimed for newbies, and later on for experienced players as well. Throughout many staff shuffles and organization changes, this league remains as of this day as a main option for competing in South America with several skill divisions and in-game awards, offering as well pub cups and medal-rewarded jump cups.
Among the South American family, the black sheep was undoubtedly Vanilla Fortress, created in late 2018. This competitive league offered 2 6v6 tournaments and 1 Highlander tournament in its 1 year existence period, in which its founders made all kinds of disastrous activities, such as selling medals, DDoSing servers, using cheats, sharing accounts, profiting inappropriately, ruining the balance of their own league to their advantage and harass members of the community, for which they were publicly accused, forced to cease with the league and banned from all the TF2 leagues in the world.