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

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Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, the 16-year-old Pennsylvanian who last month won the $3 million grand prize in the Fortnite World Cup, was swatted while live streaming on Twitch on Saturday night.

"Swatting" is the act of falsely reporting a crime to police in an effort to get a SWAT team or a large police response to come to an unsuspecting victim's home.

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

Once he returns, Kyle said: "They come in with guns, bro".

Swattings are such a menace because, aside from the time and resources being wasted, they can also be incredibly risky.

Police received a call from someone pretending to be the champion gamer, saying he was holding his mother hostage after killing his father, Cpl.

Fortunately, the World Cup Winner avoided anything serious happening, thanks in some part to one of the attending officers recognising Bugha due to living in the same neighbourhood.

Bugha confirmed on the livestream that police were at his home and he was swatted. "That's scary. The internet's f-- insane".

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

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

Not all swatting victims are so fortunate, as U.S. police are heavily armed, increasingly all-out militarized, and often all too willing to fire.

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

Video game-related "swatting" has had deadly consequences in the past.

Back in March, her 20-year-old live-in boyfriend, Jeremy Arnold, was also found dead from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds. An officer shot and killed Finch - who was not involved in the dispute - when he opened the door to his home. His made the call in retaliation to losing a game of Call of Duty.