Fortnite world champ 'swatted' at Pennsylvania home


The first solo victor of the Fortnite World Cup, Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was swatted on August 10.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf recently made headlines for winning the top prize in a big tournament based on the popular video game. He then abruptly left his computer while the game was still ongoing.

"I got swatted?" Bugha asked his father before leaving his gaming setup and going AFK, much to the dismay of his teammates.

The 16-year-old professional "Fortnite" player who won $3 million last month at the Fortnite World Cup was, understandably, surprised when his father informed him during a stream that "armed police" were at the front door.

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

"The internet is fucking insane", said Giersdorf. Which was extremely lucky, as Burga adds that they pulled up with guns ready. "That's scary. The internet's f-- insane".

Giersdorf came back to the livestream a few minutes later and told his friends what happened.

It was not immediately clear who called in the swatting on Giersdorf.

Pennsylvania police told ESPN that the Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Department received a call from someone pretending to be Giersdorf, claiming that he had killed his father and tied up his mother.

The incident - while "scary" - hasn't deterred Giersdorf from doing his thing.

Werner said the entire incident only lasted about a half-hour, but involved lots of resources.

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

Swatting has had lethal consequences in the past. Barriss called Wichita police from Los Angeles on December 28, 2017, to falsely report a shooting and kidnapping at that Wichita address.

Authorities said Finch, who appeared to have no connection to the prank caller, was shot by a Wichita police officer.