The RED logo.

"You should try out for RED team!"

- Heavy, trying to pull in new recruits

RED (Reliable Excavation Demolition) is a holding corporation, allegedly specializing in "demolition operations". In reality, from behind a myriad of sub-fronts, it secretly controls half of the world's governments. RED is led by founder and CEO Redmond Mann. Beneath the convincing exterior of their bases of operations, computer racks, satellites, rockets, and missile installations can be found throughout these bases.

RED Team


Demolition operations




Redmond Mann



The other half of the world is just as secretly controlled by their rivals, the Builders League United. Each corporation administers its half of the world with a multi-disciplined army of paper pushers. For any problem lacking an obvious bureaucratic solution, mercenaries are contracted to address the situation through a massive application of force. Conflicts between the two companies began as land disputes between their leaders and have continued through hundreds of years to the present day.

RED and BLU share an intense rivalry, with nearly all encounters between the two quickly escalating into brutal and often fatal violence. Inter-company friendship is also strictly forbidden by mercenary contract. Despite this,

Redmond Mann, the founder and chief executive officer of RED, 1850.

the RED Demoman and the BLU Soldier became fast friends after meeting at a projectile weapons expo. Once this was brought to the attention of the Administrator however, she pitted them against each other in a deadly competition that promised a mysterious new item to the winner, twisting their former friendship into a bloody war.

RED favors a more rustic style of architecture than BLU. However, while its dress code is rather liberal in terms of clothing, it is required that employees adopt a red motif for easy identification. This could also be for identification by Sentry Guns.


See also: List of companiesKnown sub-fronts of RED include:

  • Alliance Towing
  • Binski Paper Co.
  • Brown Nugget Prospecting
  • Cornwell
  • Hampshire's Heavy Mining Equipment
  • Happy Farmers Cooperative
  • Husky Acres
  • Imperial Mining
  • Jenkin Coal Co.
  • Old Geezer Draft Beer
  • Red Bread
  • Red Shed
  • Red Valley Mining
  • Sanders BBQ
  • Sunny Hay
  • Zippy Plow