Fall Guys Accidentally Rockets Up the Twitch Viewer Charts During an Internal Test

Fall Guys Accidentally Rockets Up the Twitch Viewer Charts During an Internal Test

Not a bad outcome for a developer slip-up.

Fall Guys, the floppy, platforming challenge-based battle royale from Mediatonic and Devolver Digital, is riding an attention high. We're now less than a week out from its official release, but when players and viewers noticed that the closed beta was mysteriously reactivated earlier today, Fall Guys immediately shot up to the number eight spot on Twitch.

This, Mediatonic says, was an accident on its part. On Twitter, the official Fall Guys account explains that the developers just wanted to have an internal test for about 90 minutes, reactivating what folks in the beta were playing last week. Within 15 minutes, Fall Guys already had thousands of viewers on Twitch, and the numbers kept climbing from there.

Obviously, this is not a bad problem for the Fall Guys team to have. Already, last week's closed beta managed to briefly top Fortnite's viewer numbers (earning Mediatonic a nod from Epic CEO Tim Sweeney), and news that Fall Guys will launch as a free PlayStation Plus title makes it pretty likely that it will have an even bigger splash upon release on August 4.

Alternatively, if you want to don a tin foil hat, you might think that this was a planned stunt on Mediatonic's part. On Twitter, the team already made a joke to that effect, but mishap or no, it's not like anyone can guarantee that their game will pull in that many viewers with such a small, unannounced window to play it in.

In case you missed it, last Friday USgamer's News Editor Eric Van Allen and Reviews Editor Mike Williams hopped into the Fall Guys beta. You can watch the archive of that stream right here. For more on how Fall Guys was dreamed up, you can watch Eric's interview with lead designer Joe Walsh from earlier this year just below.

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