Teenage World Champion Is "Swatted" While Streaming Fortnite

Ceria Alfonso
Agosto 13, 2019

In this Sunday, July 28, 2019 photo provided by Epic games, Kyle Giersdorf reacts after he won the Fortnite World Cup solo finals in NY.

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

Kyle was live streaming Fortnite at the time and mid-match his Dad comes to his door and says that armed police were at the door, looking for him.

"I got swatted?" Bugha asked his father before leaving his gaming setup and going AFK, much to the dismay of his teammates.

Caught up in Fortnite's frantic pace, Miller and Walsh didn't register what Gierdorf had said, leaving them to wonder why he appeared to have abandoned them in the middle of a game. "That's scary. The internet's f--ing insane".

Police surrounded Giersdorf's home, and then called in, which is when Giersdorf's father answered and then came to the door.

Fortunately, one of the officers who arrived at Bugha's house lived in the area and recognized the video game prodigy, averting any potential disaster.

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Giersdorf came back to the livestream a few minutes later and told his friends what happened.

Werner said the entire incident only lasted about a half-hour, but involved lots of resources.

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.

Authorities in Upper Pottsgrove Township, where Giersdorf lives, could not immediately comment on the "swatting" call when reached by The Post on Monday night.

Finch was shot and killed by police.

Swatting is a form of criminal harassment where someone makes a false report about a risky situation in the hopes of dispatching police or emergency services to another person's address.

Barriss agreed to serve 20 to 25 years in federal prison as part of a plea agreement, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Central District of Los Angeles.

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