In the middle of streaming Fortnite last night, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf left mid-game when the police arrived at the 16-year-old’s home. Someone called the cops during his stream. Burgha had been swatted.
Swatting is when someone calls the police on a streamer while they’re playing a game live. It’s dangerous; in 2017 a 28-year-old Kansas man was shot and killed in a swatting incident after someone made false reports of a hostage situation.
Thankfully, Bugha’s swatting incident didn’t escalate that far, and before long, the Fortnite World Champ returned to his desk to continue streaming. The police arrived with guns ready, he said, but in a stroke of luck, one of the officers responding to the incident lived in Bugha’s neighborhood and recognized him.
Moral of the story, kids: swatting isn’t funny.