Fortnite World Champ "Bugha" swatted during Sunday livestream

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. 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". Stream sniping can make a livestreamer's attempts to play a game extremely aggravating, but by far the most terrifying thing that can happen to a streamer is being swatted - as the Fortnite world champ discovered last night. Giersdorf said he was a victim of "swatting" over the weekend.

Burga adds that he was lucky, as apparently one of the officers on call for the incident lived in his local neighbourhood and recognised him.

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In case you're unfamiliar, "swatting" is the act of falsely reporting a crime with the intent of harming and/or scaring someone else. Here's the video of when he returns, saying "They come in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up", Giersdorf said when asked about what happened. In the case of Giersdorf, a person or persons reported a crime at his house, thus causing armed police to show up at his front door.

In spite of this tragedy, swatting evidently still occurs, threatening lives and misdirecting law enforcement. It's risky; 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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