Newly-crowned Fortnite world champion Kyle Giersdorf has been confronted by police in the middle of a game.
"Swatting" is a form of criminal harassment whereby a false report is filed with the police in the hopes of dispatching armed officers to a person's address. The battle royale is one of the most-watched video games on streaming platform Twitch, with some players able to attract thousands of viewers to watch them build things, shoot things and do the floss.
"I got swatted?" Bugha asked his father before leaving his gaming setup and going AFK, much to the dismay of his teammates.
"They come in with guns, bro", Bugha said. "They literally pulled up, holy s***".
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When Bugha came back to his game, he summed it up, "The internet's fucking insane!" Albert Werner told ESPN that the police department received a call from a person pretending to be Giersdorf.
Having surrounded the house with armed police, Giersdorf's father answered the door and the confusion and panic died down when one of the officer recognised the Fortnite champ.
Werner said that police believe that the call came from Europe.
It's not the first serious incident of "swatting" involving serious gaming. The call led to the 2017 death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. The swatting originated from a dispute over Call of Duty, which Finch was not even involved in.
Swatting is a form of criminal harassment where someone makes a false report about a unsafe situation in the hopes of dispatching police or emergency services to another person's address.