Sunday, 25 August, 2019

16-year-old Fortnite champ 'swatted' during livestream of popular video game

Kyle Enlarge Image Kyle"Bugha Giersdorf Getty Images
Sandy Mccarthy | 13 August, 2019, 19:38

In this Sunday, July 28, 2019 photo provided by Epic games, Kyle Giersdorf reacts after he won the Fortnite World Cup solo finals in NY.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, a 16-year-old member of the Sentinels esports team and recent victor of the Fortnite World Cup Solos Championship, was "swatted" last night while streaming on Twitch.

Cpl. Albert Werner, of the Upper Pottsgrove Township Police told ESPN that the department received a call from someone acting as the star gamer who told police he killed his father and had tied up his mother in the garage.

"I got swatted", Giersdorf said in the clip.

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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Giersdorf returned to the stream, telling friends, "They came in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up", Giersdorf said. "That's scary. The internet's f-- insane".

In the middle of a stream, Giersdorf's dad tells him police are at the door. The battle royale is one of the most-watched video games on streaming platform Twitch, with some players able to attract thousands of viewers to watch them build things, shoot things and do the floss.

Fortunately, one of the officers who arrived at Bugha's house lived in the area and recognized the video game prodigy, averting any potential disaster.

In March, Los Angeles resident Tyler Barriss was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a 2017 swatting incident in Witchita, Kansas, that left a 28-year-old father of two dead after he was shot by a police officer. A subsequent clip captured the streamer's return and explanation of events: "Yeah, I got swatted".

Werner said that police believe that the call came from Europe.

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