Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is less than a month old, but the jellybean blob racing game is already a massive runaway superstar success. It racked up two million players on Steam in its first five days on the platform. It has since sold more than seven million copies on Steam, and it’s the most downloaded PS Plus game to-date. As with any PC title that sees a major influx of gamers, it has attracted lots of cheaters. Fortunately, as Eurogamer points out, developer Mediatonic seems committed to eliminating foul play.
Shortly after Fall Guys launched, Mediatonic fine tuned the game’s cheating detection criteria, so players would no longer have to report individual cheaters. Supposedly, that led to a noticeable improvement.
It's now no longer necessary to report individual cheaters, since we've been tuning our detection criteria we've noticed a large drop in cheaters - getting better! 🙌— Fall Guys 👑 (@FallGuysGame) August 11, 2020
A huge thank you to everyone who has been playing the game fairly, you're all awesome, and we love you! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lPZJVBjzIm
At first, cheaters were removed after the round was over, but Mediatonic said it would take “more immediate action soon,” presumably kicking cheats out instantly.
Dealing with cheaters is a top priority for us— Fall Guys 👑 (@FallGuysGame) August 24, 2020
At the moment, when a cheater is detected, they are able to finish the current show before being blocked
We are going to start taking more immediate action soon
As mentioned before: It isn't necessary to manually report cheaters
And when Mediatonic discovered that some were using a Steam family-sharing feature to get around bans by creating new accounts and sharing with themselves, it disabled that loophole. Not only did that move block relentless cheats, it also proved that Mediatonic is committed to a sustained campaign of checks and balances.
We discovered cheaters were using Family-Sharing to get around our banning system on Steam by creating new accounts and sharing with themselves, so we've unfortunately had to disable that for now.— Fall Guys 👑 (@FallGuysGame) August 25, 2020
It should massively help with the cheating issues though!
A silver lining to all of the Fall Guys cheating has been players working together to sabotage unscrupulous individuals. But Fall Guys is a hard game for people to win, and players should be able to spend their time playing the game not serving vigilante justice. The fact that Mediatonic is working hard to remove cheaters from the game may help players get that elusive victory.