Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was left in hysterics after one of his opponents in Fall Guys failed to qualify for the next round — despite using hacks.
Fall Guys has become super popular with streamers and regular players alike, with the fun battle royale-style game allowing players to let off steam in a much more relaxed and lighthearted way.
That said, some people do take it seriously: so serious that they’re willing to use all manner of hacks and cheats to get the edge over their opponents.
Fall Guys has become a massive hit since its release on PS4 and PC.
Hackers are apparent in just about every multiplayer game imaginable, but the absurdity of hacking in Fall Guys isn’t lost on most players.
But, they’re present, and you can often find them speeding ahead of the competition ten times faster than everyone else, almost guaranteeing that they can complete courses without having to worry about being eliminated.
That’s not always the case though, as shroud found out in a hilarious fail seen on stream after completing the Gate Crash map.
Shroud qualified as one of the 39 players to make it to the next round with a bit of time to spare, too, and found himself spectating his opponents after crossing the finishing line.
Immediately, he found himself watching a player moving at an alarming rate, almost flying through the map — and not even cross the finish line in time.
“I have a cheater in my game,” he said, before the ‘round over’ text popped up on screen and shroud realized how badly the player had failed.
“He didn’t make it,” shroud exclaimed through his laughter. “He didn’t make it, dude!”
Obviously speed isn’t the most important factor in Fall Guys; you need precision, timing and a little bit of luck to even reach the end, but if you’ve only got to reach the end of a game of Gate Crash within the first 39 players, you really can’t afford to lose while hacking — especially not when shroud is showing it to thousands of viewers.
Twitch streamers are speaking out against the broadcasting platform for attempting to promote brands within individual chats. Content creators are slamming the practice, especially since they have no control of removing the adverts from their channel.
One longtime YouTuber and Twitch streamer who goes by ‘The Black Hokage’ noticed a staffer had dropped a message in his Chat. The purpose of the text, sent by ‘newcryka,’ was to have the streamer acknowledge the listed brand with 400 Bits attached to the post.
He immediately took issue with the move: “Yo, are you promoting something?… You got a Twitch staff symbol next to your name, are you promoting sh*t in my Chat?”
After posting the interaction on Twitter, more streamers slammed the apparent unsolicited advertisement from the streaming platform.
I see some new faces accusing me of photoshopping & trying to start drama. I have no reason to lie. Anyone who knows me knows I stay out the way. So here's the vod w/ Twitch staff in my chat trying to trick me into promoting some company with a bit donation during my workout https://t.co/EYBqNG33uOpic.twitter.com/NoqOyyEC6l
“Creators beware! Twitch staff is now going around donating spare change in an attempt to trick you into shouting out brands without proper compensation. Don’t fall for it,” The Black Hokage said.
Twitch partner and viral streamer ‘negaoryx’ responded: “Which is great, because we can’t moderate anything said by Twitch staff in chat, so we can’t even purge it… great…”
There is a function that lets people ‘/Clear’ their channels messaging log, which lets “broadcasters and chat moderators to completely wipe the previous chat history.” This feature doesn’t apply to messages from Twitch staff accounts.
Some believe that The Black Hokage’s clip could have been a Twitch advertisement staff member testing out a new form of social engagement tactics meant for branding – and the thought isn’t unfounded.
In early August, an outside company released how its latest marketing scheme made use of Twitch’s donation alerts to get a branded sound bite played on a streamer’s channel. Their video showed multiple instances of a Twitch account surprising streamers by donating $5 to get a brand’s name and current offerings played on their page.
The idea was immediately chastised for its way of engaging in promotion and sponsorship for a company without consulting or locking a paid deal with the individual streamer. However, despite inevitable backlash, advertisers are still trying out new methods of outreach.
The Amazon-owned streaming site has been incorporating more ways to engage audiences with branding promotions and advertisements.
Amazon solutions for ads have directly integrated Twitch channels and streamers in the past.
“Twitch video and display media, as well as new Twitch audiences, are now available for inclusion in Amazon Advertising campaigns, and Amazon audiences are available for inclusion in Twitch campaigns,” Amazon wrote. “We’re delighted to share that we are combining Twitch’s hard-to-reach and highly engaged audiences with Amazon Advertising’s integrated full-funnel advertising offering.
Days after Amazon announced it had added Twitch to its Amazon Advertising portfolio, the streaming site announced it was testing out mid-roll ads for channels. This too was vehemently criticized by everyone from Twitch streamers to viewers, and the idea was later abandoned.
Twitch has been experimenting with new ad campaigns that have drawn ire from viewers and streamers.
A feature that hasn’t gone back to the drawing board has been the picture-in-picture mode for ads that minimizes and mutes the main stream while playing a fullscreened promotion. This too was received with angst from viewers.
Twitch’s latest attempt at finding a more engaging way to introduce ads to its reported 17.5 million daily users has, again, created ire from its partnered content creators.
As Amazon and Twitch continue to create advertising solutions for its highly-valuable and impressionable audiences, the platform’s streamers will be on the lookout for more marketing tactics that look to benefit off of their communities.