Last month, 16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Gierdorf won US$3 million at the first Fortnite World Cup in NY. In the case of Giersdorf, a person or persons reported a crime at his house, thus causing armed police to show up at his 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. In 2017, Andrew Finch, 28, was playing the video game Call of Duty when a competitor called in a false hostage report and directed police to his home.
He then said one of the officers lived in his neighbourhood and recognised him. According to TMZ, Bugha vanished from his streaming session on Twitch for 10 minutes after he was swatted in his Pennsylvania home.
"Swatting" is a harassment tactic, in which someone reports an emergency at a perceived enemy's or rival's home in order to get police and SWAT teams to respond to the location.
"This one officer. he lives in our neighborhood", he said. "The guy comes in and I notice him - they come in with guns. that was scary. They literally pulled up", Giersdorf said when asked about what happened. "The internet is f*cking crazy".
It's not the first serious incident of "swatting" involving serious gaming. Police arrived at the address and, believing there to be an active shooter, killed the person who came to the door, believing he was reaching for a weapon.
"To the individual who attempted to have our home swatted and could have possibly gotten someone injured in the process, I don't hate you", he said.
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.