Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Fortnite's 16-year-old solo champion was swatted during a stream

Fortnite's 16-year-old solo champion was swatted during a stream

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, the 16-year-old Fortnite player who just became the newest World Cup solo champion, had his home "swatted" on Saturday as he live-streamed a session alongside pro players Ghost Bizzle and FaZe Dubs, Kotaku reports.

"Swatting" is the act of reporting a made up crime to police with the intent of disrupting and/or harming someone. The cause? His father coming to tell him that armed police were at the front door.

Bugha was playing Fortnite Arena Trios with friends when the incident occurred.

"Swatting" is a prank phenomenon in the gaming community that sends a SWAT law enforcement unit to an unaware player while they are live streaming gameplay. "I was lucky because the one officer, yeah, he lives in our neighborhood", Bugha explained on the stream.

Not only does swatting waste the resources of emergency services, it can and has resulted in serious injury and death.

Roughly 10 minutes after he left, though, Bugha returned to his setup, saying "well that's a new one".

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"They come in with guns, bro".

Not all swatting victims are so fortunate, as United States police are heavily armed, increasingly all-out militarized, and often all too willing to fire.

The police stated that the call came from "an overseas area, somewhere out of the country".

"Swatting" is a criminal harassment tactic where someone reports a false emergency to get authorities, particularly a SWAT team, to descend on an unsuspecting target.

Swatting is a form of criminal harassment where someone makes a false report about a unsafe situation in the hopes of dispatching police or emergency services to another person's address. "They literally pulled up", Giersdorf said when asked about what happened. "Jesus Christ, the internet's f**king insane". Police arrived at the address and, believing there to be an active shooter, killed the person who came to the door, believing he was reaching for a weapon.

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