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

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Giersdorf is two weeks removed from becoming the first-ever Fortnite World Cup champion.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, a 16-year-old member of the Sentinels esports team and recent victor of the Fortnite World Cup Solos Championship, was "swatted" last night while streaming on Twitch.

Pottsville police later told USA Today that the caller - who has not yet been identified - "told authorities he was Kyle and said that he shot his father multiple times with an AK-47 and had his mother tied up and bound in the garage".

Another person jokingly said, "Don't get swatted". Armed police were called to his home, interrupting his stream, but fortunately no one was harmed in the incident. Which was extremely lucky, as Burga adds that they pulled up with guns ready.

Gierdorf returned around 10 minutes later and was able to explain to his teammates what happened.

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.

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Giersdorf replied, "I got swatted?" before abruptly disappearing from his webcam. "The internet is f-- insane".

In March, a California man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for making bogus emergency calls to authorities across the US, including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online players over a $1.50 bet in the Call of Duty: WWII video game.

The young gamer's dad, Glenn Giersdorf, told ABC News he had a message for the person who swatted his son.

Werner told ESPN that they believe the call came from Europe.

Tyler R. Barriss pleaded guilty in November to 51 federal charges related to fake calls and threats including a December 28, 2017, call to police in Wichita, Kansas, during which Barriss falsely reported a shooting and hostage situation at a local address that resulted in the death of Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old father of two.

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