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Fortnite's Teenage World Champ Swatted Live on Stream

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Sandy Mccarthy | 13 August, 2019, 14:12

Newly-crowned Fortnite world champion Kyle Giersdorf has been confronted by police in the middle of a game.

Swatting is the extremely unsafe practice of making a false report of current or imminent violence to the police, causing them to show up at a location armed and prepared for a confrontation. "Giersdorf, of Pottsgrove, Pa. who goes by the name "Bugha" when competing, racked up the most points and won $3 million as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion.

Kotaku reports that Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming a Fortnite game late Sunday when he abruptly left his desk and abandoned the game with the livestream still running. "I got swatted", he says on the stream.

Fortunately, the 16-year-old World Cup Winner avoided anything serious, thanks in some part to one of the attending officers recognising Bugha due to living in the same neighbourhood.

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On Saturday while streaming on Twitch, Geirsdorf had his match interrupted by his father telling him police were at his home. "They literally pulled up", Giersdorf said when asked about what happened.

Werner told ESPN that they believe the call came from Europe. He added one of the officers recognized him, which deescalated the situation.

Swatting has become an infamous form of harassment in the gaming community, and as yet there are no federal laws specifically banning it in the US. "Jesus Christ, the internet's f**king insane". In March, an American man was sentenced to twenty years in prison for a similar incident that resulted in a shooting. When police called, Giersdorf's father answered the phone, then came out the front door. Barriss called Wichita police from Los Angeles on December 28, 2017, to falsely report a shooting and kidnapping at that Wichita address.

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