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Fall Guys was the top game on Twitch during its beta weekend

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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (opens in new tab) is the 60-player battle royale where everyone is a wobbling Gang Beasts jellybean-person and every map is an obstacle course of pure chaos. Over the weekend it enjoyed a 48-hour beta during which it raced up both the Twitch charts (opens in new tab), and Steam, where it's currently available for preorder (opens in new tab).

Briefly sitting above every other game on Twitch in terms of viewers (beaten only by the non-game Just Chatting category), Fall Guys has now dropped down to #25, which is still pretty healthy for a game that isn't even out yet. It leaped up the Steam charts as well, hitting number six in the global top sellers list.

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Just when you think the battle royale genre is starting to run down, it finds a way to pick itself back up. In the case of Fall Guys, it seems to have achieved that by being as casual and silly and fun to play as Fortnite looks like it should be.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is set to release on August 4.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.