Fortnite World Champion Swatted On Stream

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Last weekend, Fortnite World Cup champion Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was swatted while streaming the battle royale game live on Twitch, as reported by Dexerto.

"Swatting" is the act of reporting a made up crime to police with the intent of disrupting and/or harming someone.

In the middle of a stream, Giersdorf's dad tells him police are at the door.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming "Fortnite" on Sunday evening with two friends when he suddenly left during a crucial end-of-match moment. This can take a number of forms, but has in the past involved someone waiting until a streamer is broadcasting and then calling their police to the streamer's home address after calling to say they've seen someone at the house using a firearm.

Bugha came back to the stream, and explained that one of the police officers knew of his gaming career and reputation, so the situation was resolved quickly and without further issue.

"They come in with guns, bro", Bugha said.

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Video game-related "swatting" has had deadly consequences in the past.

Finch had recently moved into the home that was previously occupied by the intended victim of the "swatting". "They literally pulled up", Bughha said once he returned to the stream.

"The internet is fucking insane", said Giersdorf. At one point, his father interrupts his Fortnite session, telling him there are armed police officers at the door.

"Swatting" is a criminal harassment tactic where someone reports a false emergency to get authorities, particularly a SWAT team, to descend on an unsuspecting target. Apparently, a call came in to the local police station from someone pretending to be Bugha saying he killed his father.

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.

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