Following in the footsteps of games like Apex Legends, Fall Guys developers Mediatonic decided that if people were going to cheat in their game, then they could all go somewhere off to the side and cheat together.
In a Twitter thread posted earlier today (which starts below), they said that after some initial testing in the game’s early days, a decision was made to send anyone reliably caught cheating off to Cheater Island, servers and games which would only be populated by other cheats.
Our threshold was originally really tolerant
Cheaters would get caught… but not be insta-banished
We hoped that they might realise cheating kills the fun ????
Most continued ????
We want people to have fun, but not at the expense of others
So we kept lowering the threshold
— Fall Guys ???? (@FallGuysGame) September 14, 2020
This is always the best and most fun way of dealing with cheats, but sadly, it was not last forever. In the same thread it’s revealed that, not long after some players began getting wise to the ploy and posting videos of what was thought to be Cheater Island (they could never be 100% sure), Mediatonic shut it down.
Now, instead of being sent to the daycare centre from hell, cheating players will simply not be able to login. A more just punishment, maybe, but not as fun.
That too is just a temporary stop-gap though, because going forwards Fall Guys is going to be using Epic’s Easy Anti-Cheat tech.