Fortnite’s “highest-level player” got there by opening chests •

When you think of the highest-level Fortnite player in the world, chances are you’d imagine one of the best players in competitive Fortnite. Perhaps even a streamer, or one of the dedicated players currently leading the pack for most wins in the game.

The actual answer, it would seem, is a lot weirder.

Meet Talocan, who’s recently come to the attention of the Fortnite community for his ridiculously high level – currently at 520, at the time of writing. A mysterious figure, Talocan broadcasts his grinding methods via hours-long YouTube streams, with no commentary and only the occasional comment in the live chat. And he’s not playing regular matches: instead, he lands at Steamy Stacks, opens all the chests there and quits the match. Over and over.

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There’s not a huge amount of information available on Talocan on the internet, but as spotted by content creator Cinema of Gaming, he shared a little about himself on his recent streams. He’s a 17 year-old German, who’s currently off school due to the coronavirus outbreak – thus explaining why he has so much time on his hands. We don’t really know how long he spends doing this per day, although he has taken to Twitter to correct a translation error claiming he played for 16 hours per day. He’s a serial grinder, having achieved the highest rank (previously level 100) in all the other Fortnite seasons. Remarkably, he’s only bought three battle pass tiers this season, and his end goal is to reach level 600 by its end. Which, to be fair, he’s not that far away from doing.

So, why are people so certain that Talocan is the highest-levelled player in the world? While there are leaderboards which track wins and kills in Fortnite, there’s no official ranking for levels, meaning it’s mainly done through spotting people on social media. But when put in context of other player’s…