Long Island man threatened to shoot child following Fortnite loss

Elias Hubbard
September 19, 2018

A representative for Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

"Fortnite" is a free-to-play online video game that pits 100 players versus each other.

A man from NY has been arrested after taking a loss in a match of Fortnite Battle Royale a little too seriously.

Michael Aliperti, 45, from Long Island, New York, allegedly told the youngster "I will come to your house tonight and f*** you up" after his defeat in the online shooter.

He was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly threatening to shoot a boy from a Kings Park intermediate school after losing to him in a video game battle, CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reported.

Michael Aliperti's mother became tearful as she defended her middle-aged son, who owns a local landscaping business.

He has since been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and acting in a manner to injure a child.

He also sent text messages where he threatened to go to the boy's home and harm him, as well as mentioning his school, at around 9pm on Monday, police claim. He may end up avoiding conviction, but considering what he did, it is very unlikely that this will happen. Considering that the game has been gaining even more players in the last few months, it is very unlikely that these problems will stop soon.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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