Fortnite champ 'Bugha' swatted while streaming

Bugha won $3 million for his first-place finish in the first-ever Fortnite World Cup in July and even appeared on The Tonight Show to talk about his win with host Jimmy Fallon.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, the newly-crowned 16 year-old Fortnite World Cup solo champion, was playing the game in a stream last night when his home was "swatted".

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming "Fortnite" on Sunday evening with two friends when he suddenly left during a crucial end-of-match moment.

On Saturday, Bugha streamed Fortnite to Twitch with pro players Timothy "Bizzle" Miller and Danny "Dubs" Walsh.

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

"Swatting" occurs when someone places a hoax emergency call to a police department, hoping to mobilize an emergency response (i.e., a SWAT team) to the victim's home.

Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Cpl. "They come in with guns, bro", he explains. "That's scary. The internet's f--ing insane".

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.

He then said one of the officers lived in his neighbourhood and recognised him. The caller told police he had killed his father, shooting him multiple times, and tied up his mother in the garage.

Werner said that police believe that the call came from Europe.

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