Who is #TheFallenOne, and why does this story matter?
The Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout community is already a popular and tight-knit subculture of the gaming landscape. In two weeks, Fall Guys has sold over 2 million copies, is involved in multiple charities and promotions, and is even dipping its toe into the competitive realm in the near future. The biggest question for the past 16 hours, however, has been one away from charity and sales records, but now on the best of the best, #TheFallenOne.
The hashtag #TheFallenOne was created by the Fall Guys twitter account, who awarded the statistically best player in the game a free costume that is scheduled to be released tomorrow.
"OKAY, I'VE GONE ROGUE AND DONE A MEME" exclaimed the twitter account. "I've found the player who is STATISTICALLY the BEST I've just given them Saturday's costume early LOL Someone out there now has the costume! CHECK YOUR INVENTORY We actually don't even know who it is lol WHO IS #TheFallenOne ?!?"
The search for #TheFallenOne began in earnest, with Fall Guys itself not knowing anything except the player's number, Fall Guy 1839. The search intensified when news outlets began reporting on #TheFallenOne without knowing who they were, likening the search to finding a Golden Ticket in the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
For nearly sixteen hours, the search for #TheFallenOne would bear no answers, until earlier this morning.
#TheFallenOne was eventually revealed to be Benjamin Lupo, also known as DrLupo, a Twitch streamer, and professional YouTube personality. DrLupo discovered he was #TheFallenOne by showing off the brand new costume to the public, a homage to the turrets from the game Portal.
"statistically the best" #TheFallenOne pic.twitter.com/6ZaTZuS4kk— DrLupo (@DrLupo) August 21, 2020
Fall Guys twitter would later congratulate DrLupo for being #TheFallenOne, though some players feel the entire search for #TheFallenOne was nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Even so, the short saga to find out who #TheFallenOne was caught social media by storm, and showcases more evidence of the power and influence that a game like Fall Guys has in gaming culture at the moment.
What do you think of the Fall Guys Fallen One search? Are you surprised by who the best player is? Would you like them to do similar types of activities in the future? Let us know in the comments below!