Newly-crowned Fortnite world champion Kyle Giersdorf has been confronted by police in the middle of a game.
"Swatting" is the act of reporting a made up crime to police with the intent of disrupting and/or harming someone. More than 38,000 people were watching Giersdorf's game when he was interrupted by the police.
Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming "Fortnite" on Sunday evening with two friends when he suddenly left during a crucial end-of-match moment.
"Swatting" is a prank phenomenon in the gaming community that sends a SWAT law enforcement unit to an unaware player while they are live streaming gameplay. Giersdorf said he was a victim of "swatting" over the weekend.
"That's scary. What if I had just got popped?"
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.
"I got swatted", he says when he returns 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. 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, holy s***".
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.