Fortnite world champion Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf swatted during livestream

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In this Sunday, July 28, 2019 photo provided by Epic games, Kyle Giersdorf reacts after he won the Fortnite World Cup solo finals in NY.

Kotaku reports that Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming a Fortnite game late Sunday when he abruptly left his desk and abandoned the game with the livestream still running. Albert Werner told ESPN that the police department received a call from a person pretending to be Giersdorf.

"I got swatted", he says when he returns to the stream. The caller informs the police that there is an emergency at the residence, and so an armed team raid the house, all for the "entertainment" of the audience. "The guy comes in and I notice him - they come in with guns. that was scary". His teammates were rather shocked to see the champ suddenly disappear and go AFK right at the end of a match - but he returned after 10 minutes. "They literally pulled up", he said.

In the middle of a stream, Giersdorf's dad tells him police are at the door. "The internet is f-- insane". "Giersdorf, of Pottsgrove, Pa. who goes by the name "Bugha" when competing, racked up the most points and won $3 million as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion.

Not all swatting victims are so fortunate, as United States police are heavily armed, increasingly all-out militarized, and often all too willing to fire.

Thankfully, this particular situation was quickly defused because one of the officers attending the incident lives in Bugha's neighbourhood and recognised the teen.

Werner said that police believe that the call came from Europe. According to a Washington Post database, at least 544 people nationwide have been shot and killed by police in 2019 to date.

Swatting is becoming a big problem in gaming, and holds serious criminal consequences - 26-year-old Tyler Barriss was sentenced to 20 years after calling in a fake emergency on a Call of Duty opponent back in March, which led to the death of a 28-year-old man in Wichita.

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