Fortnite World Champion Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf ‘Swatted’ During Livestream
The teen who took home $3 million after winning the Fortnite World Cup last month was swatted while streaming the video game from his home.
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, 16, was nearing the end of a match Sunday in Fortnite Arena Trios, when he suddenly abandoned his keyboard.
“Did he just leave mid-game?” another gamer could be heard asking.
Off-camera, Giersdorf was heard speaking with his father, saying, “I’ve been swatted.”
“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.
When Giersdorf eventually returned to the stream, he explained what had happened.
“Yeah, I got swatted … Dude, they came in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up,” Giersdorf said. “The internet is f—— crazy.”
Giersdorf said he was able to defuse the situation so quickly because one of the responding officers lived in his neighborhood and recognized him. Giersdorf told the other players he got lucky.
It was not immediately clear who called in the swatting on Giersdorf. NBC News has reached out to Giersdorf for comment on the incident.