Fortnite World Champion Swatted On Stream

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Since winning the Fortnite tournament and walking away with an wonderful $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 month, 16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Gierdorf won US$3 million at the first Fortnite World Cup in NY.

Pennsylvania police told ESPN that the Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Department received a call from someone pretending to be Giersdorf, claiming that he had killed his father and tied up his mother.

"The internet is fucking insane", said Giersdorf.

"Swatting" is a criminal harassment tactic of deceiving the police into sending an armed response team to another person's address, sometimes by fooling emergency services.

'They come in with guns, bro, ' the gamer continues, sounding shaken.

During a livestream on Saturday night, "Bugha" disappeared for 10 minutes after being heard having a conversation with his father, saying "I've been swatted".

No one was hurt in the exchange, which Giersdorf chalks up to one of the responding officers knowing him from the neighborhood. "They literally pulled up, holy s***". His father spoke to him while the game was in its heated final moments, and Bugha told him, "Dad, I actually can't.' A few moments later, the teenager realised the gravity of the situation - 'I got swatted?' - and departed the stream to speak to police".

Swatting is when someone calls the police on a streamer while they're playing a game live. "That's scary...the internet's [expletive] insane". Giersdorf said he was a victim of "swatting" over the weekend. Albert Werner said, adding that he believed the initial call came from Europe. It's unsafe; in 2017 a 28-year-old Kansas man was shot and killed in a swatting incident after someone made false reports of a hostage situation.

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