Jamie | 12. August 2020

Fall Guys Topples Fortnite as Most Popular Battle Royal Game on Twitch

In what is believed to be a first since PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS began the trend, Fall Guys dethroned Fortnite as the most viewed Battle Royal game on Twitch. Despite having only recently been released on PlayStation 4 and PC by developer Mediatonic, Fall Guys has already achieved great success, topping the charts on Steam, as well as pushing League of Legends all the way in terms of views on Twitch.

While former Overwatch player Félix “xQc” Lengyel remains the most popular streamer on Twitch, the French Canadian 24-year-old was also the leading streamer of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, demonstrating just how much of in impact it has truly made. In terms of hours watched, Fall Guys received 25.90 million between August 3 and August 9, compared to 23.40 of Fortnite.

Why Has Fall Guys Been Such a Hit on Twitch?

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Fall Guys is an online multiplayer featuring 60 players, with the winner being determined over a series of mini game rounds. Currencies known as Kudos and Crowns can be earned or bought before being used to acquire items, with many already dubbing Fall Guys as the new Fortnite. While this may be jumping the gun a little, Fun Guys is certainly worth keeping a close eye on, something in which millions of gamers having been doing over the past week.

Fall Guys has been purchased over 2 million times on Steam alone, showing that the trend of Battle Royale titles is showing no signs of slowing down. The aesthetics of the game have been a particular hit, attracting gamers who are looking for something a little different than traditional shooter gameplay. It remains to be seen as to whether Fall Guys has the staying power in the long run, something in which other Battle Royale games have failed to do, however its genre and accessibility mean that it has a good chance.

What Else Do Twitch Viewing Figures Show?

Elsewhere, an additional day of competition at the League of Legends European Championship helped them move into second place in the viewing standings, which will have come as welcome news for Riot Games after a disappointing few months. Riot Games’ split into four different leagues means that they do not feature as often on such lists, however with Playoffs and World Championship action coming up, they are a name which will likely appear heavily in the coming weeks.