Armed Police Were Sent To Fortnite World Cup Winner's Home

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Since winning the Fortnite tournament and walking away with an fantastic $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.

Kotaku reports that Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming a Fortnite game late Sunday when he abruptly left his desk and abandoned the game with the livestream still running.

"I got swatted", Giersdorf said in the clip.

Police headed to the Giersdorf home and surrounded it. Werner said it's procedure to then call into the home.

"I've been swatted", the teen can be heard saying.

In March, a 26-year-old Los Angeles man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for taking part in such a hoax, which he staged as retaliation for a loss in a game of Call of Duty. "They literally pulled up", Bughha said once he returned to the stream. "That's scary. The internet's f-- insane".

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.

The criminal harassment tactic involves making a false report to police in hopes of getting a SWAT team to bust into a video gamer's house. "Giersdorf, of Pottsgrove, Pa. who goes by the name "Bugha" when competing, racked up the most points and won $3 million as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion. The police arrived with guns ready, he said, but in a stroke of luck, one of the officers responding to the incident lived in Bugha's neighborhood and recognized him.

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

Finch was shot and killed by police. He added that police believe the call came from Europe.



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