Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
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Fortnite Champ Bugha Raided By Armed Cops After Hoax Call

Fortnite Champ Bugha Raided By Armed Cops After Hoax Call

According to BBC News, Giersdorf's team still won the game despite the real-life scare.

"Swatting" is the act of falsely reporting a crime to police in an effort to get a SWAT team or a large police response to come to an unsuspecting victim's home.

Giersdorf was playing Fortnite with some friends and broadcasting live when the incident happened.

"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.

Last month, 16 year old American Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf won the $3million grand prize by winning the Fortnite World Cup.

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


Corporal Albert Werner of the Upper Pottsgrove Township Police told ESPN that the department received a call from a person acting as Giersdorf. "They literally pulled up, holy shit".

No one was hurt in the exchange, which Giersdorf chalks up to one of the responding officers knowing him from the neighborhood.

On Saturday while streaming on Twitch, Geirsdorf had his match interrupted by his father telling him police were at his home. "That's scary. The internet's f-- insane".

Werner told ESPN that they believe the call came from Europe.

It's not the first serious incident of "swatting" involving serious gaming.

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. An officer shot and killed Finch - who was not involved in the dispute - when he opened the door to his home. Barriss called Wichita police from Los Angeles on December 28, 2017, to falsely report a shooting and kidnapping at that Wichita address.

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