The other gamers on his team continued to play, and won the game in his absence.
Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, the 16-year-old Fortnite player who just became the newest World Cup solo champion, had his home "swatted" on Saturday as he live-streamed a session alongside pro players Ghost Bizzle and FaZe Dubs, Kotaku reports.
"Swatting" is the act of reporting a made up crime to police with the intent of disrupting and/or harming someone.
"Swatting" is a prank phenomenon in the gaming community that sends a SWAT law enforcement unit to an unaware player while they are live streaming gameplay. More than 38,000 people were watching Giersdorf's game when he was interrupted by the police.More news: Wanted Tennessee inmate was caught after being spotted rifling through strangers' refrigerator
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Yet another armed police force has been called in on yet another unsuspecting victim, as the recently crowned Fortnite world champion took a break from a livestream to deal with a swatting incident at his own front door.
Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming "Fortnite" on Sunday evening with two friends when he suddenly left during a crucial end-of-match moment.
"I got swatted", Giersdorf said in the clip. "Dude, they come in with guns, bro". In 2017, for instance a 28-year-old Kansas man was killed by police who responded to what they were misled to believe was a reported murder.
Thankfully, this particular situation was quickly defused because one of the officers attending the incident lives in Bugha's neighbourhood and recognised the teen.