The weekend began with what was probably a very interesting start to the Fall Guys Mediatonic studio, which apparently …somehow—Managed to filter the game's source code in an accidental Steam update.
Everything was erased very quickly, of course, but not before the great banana slip was seen and captured by posterity. SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik.
Now I think someone really saw your tweet and yelled "oh shit!" and I deleted it as soon as possible https://t.co/M7VNqCz2cjMay 14, 2021
The name of the directory through which everything flowed to the digital ether – "BackUpThisFolder_ButDontShipItWithYourGame" – makes everything look even more fun from the perspective of an outsider, but in reality Unity automatically generates the data needed to debug games, including PDB files. and C ++ code generated from scripts. In case the folder name is not clear enough, the file Documents Unity also warn that developers "should back up this folder for each version you submit, but do not redistribute it".
But almost certainly, the incident is not seen by Mediatonic as funny. Fall Guys, like most multiplayer games, has had problems with cheaters, and having access to source code makes it easier for cheat makers to develop new and more effective ways to ruin everyone's fun. Hopefully it doesn't become a problem (Mediatonic was quick to move the files offline), but I'm not sure the code ended up in anyone's hands before it was removed, and that has a way to move quickly.
I have contacted Mediatonic for more information on the leak (particularly how it happened) and will update if I receive a response. In the meantime, never forget: