Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Fortnite World Champ "Bugha" swatted during Sunday livestream

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Bugha's dad came into his room and tried to get the World Cup champion's attention.

This is what happened to 16-year-old Fortnite World Champ Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf on his stream last night.

Corporal Albert Werner of the Upper Pottsgrove Township Police told ESPN that the department received a call from a person acting as Giersdorf.

"What if I just got bopped?"

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If you're not aware of the term, "swatting" is the term for the rather vicious and unsafe act of actually calling the police on a streamer while they're playing a game live - usually with some terrifying made-up accusation that causes the cops to turn up in force and highly armed. Which was extremely lucky, as Burga adds that they pulled up with guns ready. He is also all of 16 years old, and so a threat against him also involved his parents, whose personal information may have been easy to find. Bugha leaves for around 10 minutes. "Jesus Christ, the internet's f**king insane". "He said he tied up his mother in the garage and he shot him up and down his body". Tyler R. Barriss, a 26-year-old from Los Angeles, is serving a 20-year prison sentence after calling in a false report of a hostage situation that drew police to the Wichita, Kansas home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Thanks to Twitch chat, they found out that Bugha said he got swatted before abruptly leaving mid-game.

Bugha said the incident de-escalated after he was recognized by one of the armed officers.

According to BBC News, Giersdorf's team still won the game despite the real-life scare. Police arrived at the address and, believing there to be an active shooter, killed the person who came to the door, believing he was reaching for a weapon.

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

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