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Fortnite World Champion swatted while streaming on Twitch

Fortnite World Champion swatted while streaming on Twitch

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.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, the 16-year-old Pennsylvanian who last month won the $3 million grand prize in the Fortnite World Cup, was swatted while live streaming on Twitch on Saturday night.

Swatting is when someone calls the police on a streamer while they're playing a game live. In this case, it appears that one or more people reported a crime at Giersdorf's parents' home where he lives as well.

FWIW - Bugha's friends won the game while the swatting was going down.

"That's scary. What if I had just got popped?"

"Swatting" is the act of reporting a made up crime to police with the intent of disrupting and/or harming someone. A 2017 dispute over Call of Duty led to a "swatting" incident in which a 28-year-old man was shot and killed by police.

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"I got swatted?" Bugha asked his father before leaving his gaming setup and going AFK, much to the dismay of his teammates.

Police headed to the Giersdorf home and surrounded it. Werner said it's procedure to then call into the home.

"They came in with guns", the teen said.

Swatting is a form of criminal harassment where someone makes a false report about a risky situation in the hopes of dispatching police or emergency services to another person's address.

No one was hurt in the exchange, which Giersdorf chalks up to one of the responding officers knowing him from the neighborhood.