16-Year-Old Fortnite Champ Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf 'Swatted' During Livestream

  • 16-Year-Old Fortnite Champ Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf 'Swatted' During Livestream

16-Year-Old Fortnite Champ Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf 'Swatted' During Livestream

Since winning the Fortnite tournament and walking away with an unbelievable $3 million (£2.4 million), Bugha has already faced hackers targeting his social media accounts - but this is the first (and hopefully only) time he's been swatted.

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". Albert Werner told ESPN that the police department received a call from a person pretending to be Giersdorf.

He later said he had been "swatted" - where someone makes a hoax report so the special weapons and tactics (Swat) police raid a target's house. Police called the home before entering and the teen's father said everything was fine. He is also all of 16 years old, and so a threat against him also involved his parents, whose personal information may have been easy to find. This forced the teenager to leave for around 10 minutes before he returns to tell his friends and fellow pros-Ghost Gaming's Timothy "Bizzle" Miller and FaZe Clan's Danny "Dubs" Walsh-what happened. "They literally pulled up", Giersdorf said when asked about what happened. "The internet is f-- insane". The police arrived with guns ready, he said, but in a stroke of luck, one of the officers responding to the incident lived in Bugha's neighborhood and recognized him. 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.

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. When police called, Giersdorf's father answered the phone, then came out the front door.

However, in April a gamer was sentenced to 20 years in jail for making a swatting call that led to an innocent man being killed.