16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf would be riding a huge high right now after won a huge $3 million by winning the Fortnite World Cup, and last night had his home "swatted".
"Swatting" is the act of reporting a made up crime to police with the intent of disrupting and/or harming someone. All was going well, until Gierdorf's dad came and told him that the police were there.
Giersdorf, who plays under the name Bugha, disappeared for 10 minutes while the game was live-streamed on Twitch.
Fortunately, one of the officers who arrived at Bugha's house lived in the area and recognized the video game prodigy, averting any potential disaster.
Giersdorf was "swatted", a potentially deadly prank when someone calls authorities and directs them to an innocent person's home. Giersdorf said on his livestream that the responding officers had "come in with guns" and wondered if it could have played out differently. "They literally pulled up, holy s***".
"To the individual who attempted to have our home swatted and could have possibly gotten someone injured in the process, I don't hate you", he said.
Finch had recently moved into the home that was previously occupied by the intended victim of the "swatting".
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. "Jesus Christ, the internet's f**king insane". According to a Washington Post database, at least 544 people nationwide have been shot and killed by police in 2019 to date.
After a row over Call of Duty in December 2017, Tyler Barriss told the police that he was holding his family hostage, and gave them an address in Kansas.