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

Fortnite's 16-year-old solo champion was swatted during a stream

Fortnite's 16-year-old solo champion was swatted during a stream

After Bizzle clutched up and won the game, he and Dubs were trying to figure out what happened to Bugha.

Sentinels' pro Fortnite player and World Cup Solo Finals champion Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was swatted while streaming last night.

Giersdorf, who plays under the name Bugha, disappeared for 10 minutes while the game was live-streamed on Twitch.

In the middle of a stream, Giersdorf's dad tells him police are at the door. More than 38,000 people were watching Giersdorf's game when he was interrupted by the police.

"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.

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Fortunately, the 16-year-old World Cup Winner avoided anything serious, thanks in some part to one of the attending officers recognising Bugha due to living in the same neighbourhood.

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.

In case you're unfamiliar, "swatting" is the act of falsely reporting a crime with the intent of harming and/or scaring someone else. Here's the video of when he returns, saying "They come in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up", Giersdorf said when asked about what happened.

Part of what makes swatting so risky is the potential for law enforcement to harm the swatting target or their loved ones. It's risky; in 2017 a 28-year-old Kansas man was shot and killed in a swatting incident after someone made false reports of a hostage situation.

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