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Fortnite world champion 'swatted' mid-game

August 13, 2019 10:05 am
Newly-crowned Fortnite world champion Kyle Giersdorf [Source: BBC}

Newly-crowned Fortnite world champion Kyle Giersdorf has been confronted by police in the middle of a game.

Giersdorf, who plays under the name Bugha, disappeared for 10 minutes while the game was live-streamed on Twitch.

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.

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Giersdorf, 16, won the $3m (£2.4m) top solo prize at the Fortnite World Cup in New York last month.

Twitch is a streaming site where fans can watch gamers play live. More than 38,000 people were watching Giersdorf’s game when he was interrupted by the police.

He was about seven hours into a “trios” game, played with two teammates, when his dad was heard coming into his room and saying something to him.

Giersdorf replied, “I got swatted?” before abruptly disappearing from his webcam.

The other gamers on his team continued to play, and won the game in his absence. Giersdorf came back about 10 minutes later and told them that he “got swatted”, and that the officers “came in with guns”.

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

It is not known what the swatter told police when they made their false report.

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