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.tf
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Introduced26 August 1997
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
StatusActive
RegistryAFNIC
SponsorAFNIC
Intended useEntities connected with the  French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Actual useWebsites related to the video game Team Fortress 2
StructureRegistrations are made at second level
DocumentsICANN redelegation resolution
DNSSECyes
Registry websitenic.tf

.tf is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. Along with .fr, .pm, .re, .wf and .yt it is administered by AFNIC. Before 23 October 2004, Adamsnames, based in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, administered this TLD.

The French Southern and Antarctic Lands are territories either recognised as French or claimed by France but suspended under the Antarctic Treaty System, and the domain name derives from the French, Terres australes et antarctiques françaises. Part of the French claim includes a section of the continent of Antarctica, creating an overlap between .tf and the general Antarctica domain .aq.

Usage

The .tf domain-name has popular usage for sites related to the game Team Fortress 2 (TF2). Many of these sites are commonly used for marketing of virtual goods originating from Team Fortress 2 and, by extension, the Steam Community Market. Examples of these sites are backpack.tf, scrap.tf, and marketplace.tf, which all facilitate trade relating to TF2 items and goods.[1]

British domain holders after Brexit

Due to the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, as of 1 January 2021, UK residents are not be able to register any new .tf domains. However, AFNIC has stated that all domains registered before 31 December 2020 by Britons will not be affected.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Talbot, Carrie (26 July 2019). "Valve disables TF2 inventories as players rush to abuse the item drop bug". PCGamesN. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  2. ^ Neylon, Michele (27 May 2020). "Brexit Will Impact .EU and .FR Domains". Hosting & Domains News. Retrieved 31 December 2020.