Fortnite Champ Bugha Swatted During Twitch Stream

Joanna Estrada
August 13, 2019

The 16-year-old professional "Fortnite" player who won $3 million last month at the Fortnite World Cup just got "swatted" while streaming.

Fortnite, a hugely popular Darwinism simulator, is also a hugely popular spectator sport.

Yet another armed police force has been called in on yet another unsuspecting victim, as the recently crowned Fortnite world champion took a break from a livestream to deal with a swatting incident at his own front door.

Since winning the Fortnite tournament and walking away with an awesome $3 million (£2.4 million), Bugha has already faced hackers targeting his social media accounts - but this is the first (and hopefully only) time he's been swatted.

According to ESPN, Giersdorf was livestreaming with friends when the incident occurred and he was heard saying, "I've been swatted", before disappearing for about 10 minutes.

An actual SWAT team arrived at Giersdorf's Pennsylvania home with guns drawn after a call was made to local police by somebody claiming to be Giersdorf. "After securing the victory royale, Bizzle and Dubs worked out what had happened and joked that it was an 'okay excuse" to leave the game. It's disappointingly not unheard of for disgruntled gamers to call the police on rivals or streamers.

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

In March, Los Angeles resident Tyler Barriss was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a 2017 swatting incident in Witchita, Kansas, that left a 28-year-old father of two dead after he was shot by a police officer. "They literally pulled up", he said. Fortunately, one of the officers knew him, so they were able to clear up the situation and Gierdorf could resume playing. "Jesus Christ, the internet's f**king insane".

He later said he had been "swatted" - where someone makes a hoax report so the special weapons and tactics (Swat) police raid a target's house.

Here's hoping the police track the swatter down.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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