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16-year-old Fortnite champ 'swatted' during livestream of popular video game

16-year-old Fortnite champ 'swatted' during livestream of popular video game

Police claim they believe the prank call came from Europe. Bugha is interrupted by his father telling him there are armed police at the door, to which he asks, "I got swatted?".

The 16-year-old United States gamer who won the Fortnite World Cup was a victim over the weekend of "swatting", when police were dispatched to a home by a hoax call, ESPN reported.

"Did he just leave mid-game?" another gamer could be heard asking.

"That's scary. What if I had just got popped?"

"Well, that's a new one", Giersdorf said to the 38,000 people watching his stream when he returned around 10 minutes after he left, according to ESPN.

Werner says the call came from outside the country. "They literally pulled up", he said.

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Giersdorf was playing Fortnite with some friends and broadcasting live when the incident happened. "Jesus Christ, the internet's fucking insane". Albert Werner told ESPN that the police department received a call from a person pretending to be Giersdorf.

"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.

He then said one of the officers lived in his neighbourhood and recognised him.

Bugha confirmed on the livestream that police were at his home and he was swatted. Barriss called Wichita police from Los Angeles on December 28, 2017, to falsely report a shooting and kidnapping at that Wichita address.

But in 2017, a swatting incident ended with a father of two being killed by the police.

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. In April, a 17-year-old was charged with 40 felony and 33 misdemeanor delinquency charges in OH after making a number of prank swatting calls.