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Teenage Fortnite World Champ Bugha gets swatted during livestream

Melba Vasquez | 13 August, 2019, 14:11

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.

In March, a California man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for making bogus emergency calls to authorities across the US, including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online players over a $1.50 bet in the Call of Duty: WWII video game.

Giersdorf was streaming "Fortnite" when his father informed him that "armed police" were at the front door. "I got swatted", he says on the stream. He then abruptly left his computer while the game was still ongoing.

Authorities in Upper Pottsgrove Township, where Giersdorf lives, could not immediately comment on the "swatting" call when reached by The Post on Monday night. 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".

It's not the first serious incident of "swatting" involving serious gaming.

After a row over Call of Duty in December 2017, Tyler Barriss told the police that he was holding his family hostage, and gave them an address in Kansas. Finch answered the door, and an officer shot the unarmed man.

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. Bugha leaves for around 10 minutes.

It ended well because one of the officers was from the area and knew Giersdorf, but that doesn't diminish how disturbing it is that people with guns were sent to a teen's home. His team also won the match despite his absence.

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