16-Year-Old Fortnite Champ Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf 'Swatted' During Livestream

Ruben Fields
August 13, 2019

One of these players is Kyle "Bugha" Gierdorf, the recently crowned Fortnite World Cup champion. Giersdorf said he was a victim of "swatting" over the weekend. Stream sniping can make a livestreamer's attempts to play a game extremely aggravating, but by far the most terrifying thing that can happen to a streamer is being swatted - as the Fortnite world champ discovered last night.

Last month, 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million when he was crowned champion of the Fortnite World Cup in NY. "I've been swatted", he said before disappearing for approximately 10 minutes. Bugha confirmed that he got swatted and said that he was able to handle the situation quickly because one of the officers recognized him. Here's the video of when he returns, saying "They come in with guns, bro".

According to ESPN, the police received a call from a person pretending to be the 16 year old Bugha, who told police he had killed his father and had his mother tied up in the garage.

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A clip of the stream shows Giersdorf abruptly exit the camera's view, indicating the moment his father alerted him to the armed police at the door. They literally pulled up. He added that police believe the call came from Europe.

Swatting has become an infamous form of harassment in the gaming community, and as yet there are no federal laws specifically banning it in the US.

"The internet is fucking insane", said Giersdorf. Tyler R. Barriss, a 26-year-old from Los Angeles, is serving a 20-year prison sentence after calling in a false report of a hostage situation that drew police to the Wichita, Kansas home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. "I was lucky, because the one officer. he lives in our neighborhood". The swatting originated from a dispute over Call of Duty, which Finch was not even involved in.

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