Fortnite's The End event was watched by over six million people, and even Elon Musk is getting involved

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Over six million concurrent (opens in new tab) players tuned in to watch Fortnite (opens in new tab)'s entire island get sucked up into a black hole last night, and Elon Musk has hinted that he is responsible for Fortnite Season 10's explosive end… because of course he has. 

Shortly after Fortnite's in-game event, Musk retweeted a former post from 2018,  which previously referenced a satirical website Huzlers (opens in new tab) which jokes that the technology entrepreneur bought Fortnite just to delete it. Musk is also joking, of course, but we can't help wonder whether he knows something about the current state of Fortnite's island that we don't...

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If anyone was responsible for Fortnite's "End," you could quite easily imagine it being Musk. If you enter into the game right now, you'll be greeted with nothing but darkness and the distant round glow of the black hole radiating in the background. We don't yet know when it will come back, but there are rumours that it may even stay in that condition until Fortnite Season 11 (opens in new tab) starts, which leaks suggest is set to begin this Thursday on October 17. 

The leak showed API code that revealed two dates, including October 13, the date that we now know was referencing the big black hole event known as "The End." Our very own head of video and veteran Fortnite player James Jarvis captured the moment the entire island was destroyed, and eventually spewed out some mysterious Fortnite black hole numbers (opens in new tab) into the ether. You can check it out below:

A Fortnite Chapter 2 leak (opens in new tab) surfaced just a few days shy of the cataclysmic event revealing a new map with boats and a lighthouse. We don't yet know what state the new map will be in whenever the black hole chucks out something, but this leak could give us an idea of what might be on the way. While the main game appears to be shut down for now, players can play a Fortnite Konami Code (opens in new tab) black hole mini game while they wait it out for the game to return.

While you wait for Fortnite to come back, check out these Fortnite tips (opens in new tab) to get back into the action in style. 

Heather Wald
Senior staff writer

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.