Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier just awarded £10,000 to the first player to reach Triple Elite status.
Back in December 2014 Frontier announced the Race to Elite competition to see who would reach the endgame status in each of Elite: Dangerous' three disciplines: combat, trading and exploration.
£1000 would be given to the winner of each discipline. But the big money - £10,000 - was in the Triple Elite category, to be awarded to the first player to reach Elite status in all three disciplines.
Now, three months after Elite: Dangerous went on sale proper, Frontier boss David Braben has announced the winners.
Commander Onepercent achieved Triple Elite status before any other Elite: Dangerous player and now £10,000 is on its way to him. He played for a whopping 1029 hours from 18th December 2014 to 24th February 2015, when he posted screenshots of his achievement on the Frontier forum.
That's an average of just under 15 hours a day.
CMDR Onepercent visited 10,342 unique star systems and travelled 180,688 light years as part of the exploration discipline, scored 9032 kills as part of the combat discipline, and traded 835,410 tonnes of goods for the trading discipline (2000 tonnes were traded on the black market, but we won't hold that against him).
Here's a basic explanation of his approach, according to a post from CMDR Onepercent on the Frontier forum:
I started with exploration first, Grantly [sic] the most hardest Elite of the 3. Took me 30 days to Get elite in Exploration. Then Trading which took me 18-19 days to get elite in (I reached a point where I was making 70 million credits per day). Then finally Combat where I was able to do 600 kills per day right off the bat. The last 3 days I did 800 kills, 700 kills and 700+ kills respectively. (which took me 14 days).
And here's some more from CMDR Onepercent, this time on how he was able to play so much:
I actually have a job, but it is casual. So therefore I just notified them that I cannot work for ~3 months. Back to work but
Money isn't everything, But it really would help, for further studies for example.
I spent around 12-16 hours per day on this. I was relaxed but and wasn't sleep deprived (only for the final 3 days). My friends were also notified and were supportive as well as my family.
About kills, I only killed NPC's with the exception of a couple or so CMDRs on the opposite team in conflict zones.
I didn't really care what I killed, but I can tell you I lost count of how many elite anacondas and pythons I did kill. Elite Ranked NPCs were specifically targeted regardless of what ship they were.
CMDR Onepercent lives in Australia, which seems to have helped. Here's a post by the star commander on the Frontier forum in response to another user who jokingly wondered whether he had a vitamin D deficiency following his exploits:
Summer in Australia with a window in front of me. All good.
CMDR Lordkee took home £1000 for winning the trade prize, CMDR Fromtonrogue won the combat prize, and the wonderfully-named CMDR Tequila won the exploration prize.