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16-year-old Fortnite champion 'swatted' while livestreaming

13 August 2019

Since winning the Fortnite tournament and walking away with an incredible $3 million (£2.4 million), Bugha has already faced hackers targeting his social media accounts - but this is the first (and hopefully only) time he's been swatted.

Last weekend, Fortnite World Cup champion Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was swatted while streaming the battle royale game live on Twitch, as reported by Dexerto.

He later said he had been "swatted" - where someone makes a hoax report so the special weapons and tactics (Swat) police raid a target's house.

A clip of the stream shows Giersdorf abruptly exit the camera's view, indicating the moment his father alerted him to the armed police at the door.

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"They come in with guns, bro", Bugha said. A subsequent clip captured the streamer's return and explanation of events: "Yeah, I got swatted".

Caught up in Fortnite's frantic pace, Miller and Walsh didn't register what Gierdorf had said, leaving them to wonder why he appeared to have abandoned them in the middle of a game. "Jesus Christ, the internet's f**king insane".

Burga adds that he was lucky, as apparently one of the officers on call for the incident lived in his local neighbourhood and recognised him.

Werner said the entire incident only lasted about a half-hour, but involved lots of resources.

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Police told ESPN that they believed the call came from Europe but did not provide any other details on the suspected "swatter".

The Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

Tyler Rai Barriss, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in November to a total of 51 charges stemming from phony emergency calls he made, including one count of making a false report resulting in death. Finch answered the door, and an officer shot the unarmed man. The caller was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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16-year-old Fortnite champion 'swatted' while livestreaming