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

In the middle of streaming Fortnite last night, Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf left mid-game when the police arrived at the 16-year-old's home.

It is not known what the swatter told police when they made their false report. More than 38,000 people were watching Giersdorf's game when he was interrupted by the police.

"I've been swatted", Bugha said on the live stream. which, BTW, is a dumb trend when someone makes a fake claim on a 911 call to get law enforcement to crash an unsuspecting victim's home. Since winning the Fortnite tournament and walking away with an incredible $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. "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.

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Bugha said the incident de-escalated after he was recognized by one of the armed officers. Giersdorf came back about 10 minutes later and told them that he "got swatted", and that the officers "came in with guns". "They literally pulled up", Bughha said once he returned to the stream.

"Swatting" is a criminal harassment tactic of deceiving the police into sending an armed response team to another person's address, sometimes by fooling emergency services.

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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