Fortnite's World Champion Gets "Swatted" While Streaming

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Fortnite champion Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf's home was stormed by police during a livestreaming session on Saturday night, just weeks after winning $3-million at the Fortnite World Cup. The aim of swatting is either to disrupt the streamer or to cause harm to the streamer and their family. All was going well, until Gierdorf's dad came and told him that the police were there. In 2017, a dispute over a Call of Duty game led to a swatting in which a man was killed by police.

Giersdorf said he was able to defuse the situation so quickly because one of the responding officers lived in his neighborhood and recognized him.

"Well, that's a new one", Giersdorf said to the 38,000 people watching his stream when he returned around 10 minutes after he left, according to ESPN.

If you listen to the exchange carefully, you can hear Giersdorf ask his father with surprise, "I got swatted?" "They came in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up", he said. "The internet is f-- insane".

A heavily armed SWAT team showed up to Kyle Giersdorf's home after a caller claimed he had murdered his father and was holding his mother hostage.

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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. "I got swatted", he explained simply.

Werner says the call came from outside the country.

Adeline Finch, 18, who was there when police raided the Finch household, died by suicide just over one year after witnessing her uncle's death, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Tyler R. Barriss pleaded guilty in November to 51 federal charges related to fake calls and threats including a December 28, 2017, call to police in Wichita, Kansas, during which Barriss falsely reported a shooting and hostage situation at a local address that resulted in the death of Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old father of two.

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