Police storm Fortnite champ’s home during livestream: ‘I’ve been swatted’

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The Fortnite World Cup solo champion, 16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, was swatted while streaming on the weekend, bringing armed police to his family's home. The 16-year-old members of the Sentinels esports team was livestreaming the game on Twitch recently when he was "swatted", with armed police showing up at his home apparently due to a false report. Kyle leaves the stream leaving his team mates questioning where he went, but after 10 minutes he returns.

Caught up in Fortnite's frantic pace, Miller and Walsh didn't register what Gierdorf had said, leaving them to wonder why he appeared to have abandoned them in the middle of a game. Kyle streams daily to his audience of over 640,000 followers, so being swatted at this level is kinda insane.

Werner told ESPN that they believe the call came from Europe.

Having surrounded the house with armed police, Giersdorf's father answered the door and the confusion and panic died down when one of the officer recognised the Fortnite champ. "Jesus Christ, the internet's fucking insane".

Giersdorf was playing the popular first-person shooter game with other gamers when he suddenly disappeared from his keyboard.

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"Swatting" is a prank phenomenon in the gaming community that sends a SWAT law enforcement unit to an unaware player while they are live streaming gameplay.

Off-camera, Giersdorf was heard speaking with his father, saying, "I've been swatted". "What if I just got popped?"

A phoney 911 call led to the death of a Kansas man two years ago.

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.

Back in March, her 20-year-old live-in boyfriend, Jeremy Arnold, was also found dead from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds. His made the call in retaliation to losing a game of Call of Duty.

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