Fortnite Champ Bugha Swatted During Twitch Stream

Images AFPfeatured news Fortnite World champion Bugha swatted live on stream

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.

The other gamers on his team continued to play, and won the game in his absence.

It's been close to two weeks since 16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf won $3 million and the title of best solo Fortnite player at the World Cup Finals in July.

It is not known what the swatter told police when they made their false report.

However, in April a gamer was sentenced to 20 years in jail for making a swatting call that led to an innocent man being killed. Bugha returned to his friends and finished the game. "Did he just leave, mid-game?" his teammate says in a video of the moment, which was captured because Giersdorf was streaming on Twitch when the police arrived. A subsequent clip captured the streamer's return and explanation of events: "Yeah, I got swatted".


After a row over Call of Duty in December 2017, Tyler Barriss told the police that he was holding his family hostage, and gave them an address in Kansas.

Burga adds that he was lucky, as apparently one of the officers on call for the incident lived in his local neighbourhood and recognised him.

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.

Swatting is a form of criminal harassment where someone makes a false report about a unsafe situation in the hopes of dispatching police or emergency services to another person's address.

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