Fall Guys Has Officially Dethroned Fortnite As Most Popular Battle Royale Game

Fall Guys Has Officially Dethroned Fortnite As Most Popular Battle Royale Game

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Tom Chapman


13th Aug 2020 11:05

You can bet those Mediatonic devs are singing Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" as Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has crossed another major milestone. It was only a matter of time before something toppled Fortnite from its podium, and now, Fall Guys has done it as Twitch's most popular battle royale game of the week.

While the charts have been dominated by PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite for as long as we can remember, there's a plucky newcomer with Fall Guys. Something about those colourful jumping beans and Takeshi's Castle-inspired gameplay has made this one a runaway success for the record books.


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According to The Esports Observer, Fall Guys has been watched for an eye-watering 25.9 million hours between August 3 and August 9. In case you need to put that into context, that's the equivalent of 2,968 years. The figure also puts Fall Guys ahead of Fortnite's 23.04 million hours in the same period.

While it's a big week for Fall Guys, it's still far behind the most-streamed game of the week on Twitch. That goes to League of Legends with 32.03 million hours. Still, it's important to remember the League of Legends European Championship has bolstered figures for Riot Games' fan-favourite title.


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Elsewhere, Fall Guys is smashing it across the board. The game has only been out for a week, but has already rocketed up the Steam charts and sold over 2,000,000 copies in a matter of days.

It's also a close call for Fall Guys dethroning a number of other big titles. Over on Steam, there have been several peaks where its current player count has topped Grand Theft Auto V. Bearing in mind you need GTA V to play Grand Theft Auto Online, and it's clear to see how huge Fall Guys really is. 

Battle royale games tend to be huge hits when they first drop, so the stats aren't that surprising. However, only time will tell whether Fall Guys can keep its winning streak or its supersized fanbase will start to die out if the novelty wears off.

Images via Epic Games | Mediatonic | The Esports Observer


Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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