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Fortnite player earned the new solo kills record thanks to today’s missile launch

Not everyone showed up to peacefully watch the event

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The Fortnite missile launch that players have been looking forward to for weeks finally happened on Saturday afternoon. The event was an exciting and rare moment in the game as it represented the game’s first one-time only event, and an opportunity for the Fortnite community to come together and enjoy something special.

But while most were fairly passive, and more than happy to let their fellow players enjoy the launch in peace, some saw it as an opportunity to boost their stats. One such player is Elemental_Ray, who destroyed the ramp that held up almost half the players in their game and racked up the new Fortnite Solo mode kills record with 48. Luckily a few players there managed to grab videos of the moment.

Perhaps the most entertaining thing about the video is that, if you look closely, you’ll notice that Elemental_Ray themselves is actually caught up in the carnage of the moment. Ray’s on the ramp. Just moments after Ray grabs 48 kills, their own ramp falls sending them plummeting to the ground, which you can see in this video of the event from another angle.

While some players will be quick to judge Elemental_Ray’s actions, it’s a good reminder that to balance out all the fun that the Fortnite community has with events like this, there’s always going to be someone looking for some personal gain in it. At the very least, the players at the top of the ramp did get to see the missile launch and most of the subsequent explosions. And hey, for the group up on that ramp, they were witnesses to two moment of Fortnite history at once.