How to fix Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout connection error

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Waiting For Players
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Waiting For Players (Image credit: Windows Central / Zackery Cuevas)

The squishy jellybeans and simple, competitive gameplay of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has taken the internet by storm, and like all things beloved by the internet, there's a myriad of problems behind it. If you've been playing Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout since it's launch on August 4, 2020, you may have already come face-to-face with the dreaded server connection error. It's an annoying issue, one that has even been acknowledged by the developers on Twitter upon the game's launch.

While the issue is primarily out of our hands, here are few simple fixes to consider when you encounter this dreadful error.

I can't connect to the server

Fall Guys Connection Error

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Here's the bad news: There's currently no solution for the frequent server errors you're encountering. To put it simply, the game is suffering from the ol' "hug of death" (or the slashdot effect). An overload of Mediatronic's servers is likely causing the server errors. There are just too many players playing at one time.

Unfortunately, if it is a server issue, there's nothing you can do. Well, you could take a break, maybe read up on the 25 mini-games that make up the bulk of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, or even check out our list of legendary cosmetics. Aside from biding your time, there are a few other things you can try if you want to hop into a game.

Check your internet connection

We recommend that you check the stability of your internet connection and ensure that there's no issue coming from your end. (I suppose if you're here, your internet works, right?) If your service is spotty, that can also lead to connectivity problems.

Run a speed test; make sure everything is working correctly, and maybe you'll get rid of the connection error.

Consider the time of day

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Error

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Users have reported that playing at specific times of day might help you avoid the server issues. It's important to remember that most of us are still spending the whole day inside, so pinpointing the right time to play is particularly tricky.

According to Steamcharts, Fall Guys has somewhere between 100,000 to 160,000 players playing at any given time of day. Off-peak times are particularly early, as they are between 3:00 AM EST and 6:00 AM EST. So, if you want to play, you might have to pull an all-nighter depending on where you are.

Mediatronic is a small indie developer from the UK whose previous games include Gears Pop! and the remake of Hatoful Boyfriend, a game where you date pigeons. They've never worked on a game as big as Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. The game has already sold 2 million copies on Steam alone and was a free PS Plus download throughout August 2020. Server overload sometimes happens to smaller games that are met with great success upon launch.

We expect the server issues to become less frequent in the coming weeks as the developers improve their servers to account for the influx of players. We'll continue to update this with new updates as they come.

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Zackery Cuevas

Zackery Cuevas is a writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. I like playing video games, talking about video games, writing about video games, and most importantly, complaining about video games. If you're cool, you can follow me on Twitter @Zackzackzackery.