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Fortnite World Champ "Bugha" swatted during Sunday livestream

13 August 2019

After Bizzle clutched up and won the game, he and Dubs were trying to figure out what happened to Bugha.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, a member of the Sentinels eSports team and recent victor of the Fortnite World Cup Solos Championship, was "swatted" last night while streaming on Twitch.

The 16-year-old professional "Fortnite" player who won $3 million last month at the Fortnite World Cup was, understandably, surprised when his father informed him during a stream that "armed police" were at the front door.

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It is not known what the swatter told police when they made their false report. More than 38,000 people were watching Giersdorf's game when he was interrupted by the police.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming "Fortnite" on Sunday evening with two friends when he suddenly left during a crucial end-of-match moment.

"Swatting" occurs when someone places a hoax emergency call to a police department, hoping to mobilize an emergency response (i.e., a SWAT team) to the victim's home.

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If you listen to the exchange carefully, you can hear Giersdorf ask his father with surprise, "I got swatted?"

"They come in with guns, bro", Bugha said. "They literally pulled up", Bughha said once he returned to the stream. He said that luckily one of the responding officers lived in his neighborhood and knew the family.

Swatting is becoming a big problem in gaming, and holds serious criminal consequences - 26-year-old Tyler Barriss was sentenced to 20 years after calling in a fake emergency on a Call of Duty opponent back in March, which led to the death of a 28-year-old man in Wichita.

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