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‘They came in with guns’: Fortnite world champion Bugha ‘swatted’ during livestream

August 12, 2019 at 08:59PM

  • 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf won $3m in July
  • Police surrounded home on Saturday after hoax call

Barely two weeks after winning $3m at the Fortnite World Cup, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was “swatted” in the middle of a livestreaming session.

The 16-year-old was broadcasting to his legion of fans on streaming platform Twitch as he played Fortnite with friends when the incident occurred. Swatting involves a hoax call to the police in the hope of armed officers descending on someone’s home. The practice has led to the death of at least one person in recent years: in 2017 Andrew Finch was shot and killed by armed police responding to a fake hostage report at his home. A Los Angeles man was later sentenced to 20 years in prison for the hoax call.

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