Monday, 19 August, 2019

Fortnite World Champ "Bugha" swatted during Sunday livestream

Emmett Howard | 12 August, 2019, 23:53

The Fortnite World Cup solo champion, 16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, was swatted while streaming on the weekend, bringing armed police to his family's home.

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

FWIW - Bugha's friends won the game while the swatting was going down.

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

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

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If you listen to the exchange carefully, you can hear Giersdorf ask his father with surprise, "I got swatted?" Bugha confirmed that he got swatted and said that he was able to handle the situation quickly because one of the officers recognized him.

"I got swatted", he says when he returns to the stream.

"This one officer. he lives in our neighborhood", he said.

In case you're unfamiliar, "swatting" is the act of falsely reporting a crime with the intent of harming and/or scaring someone else. "They come in with guns, bro", he explains. "They literally pulled up", Bughha said once he returned to the stream.

Part of what makes swatting so unsafe is the potential for law enforcement to harm the swatting target or their loved ones.

Tyler R. Barriss pleaded guilty in November to 51 federal charges related to fake calls and threats including a December 28, 2017, call to police in Wichita, Kansas, during which Barriss falsely reported a shooting and hostage situation at a local address that resulted in the death of Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old father of two.

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