Fortnite Champ Bugha Raided By Armed Cops After Hoax Call

Yolanda Curtis
August 13, 2019

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, a 16-year-old member of the Sentinels esports team and recent victor of the Fortnite World Cup Solos Championship, was "swatted" last night while streaming on Twitch.

Fortnite, a hugely popular Darwinism simulator, is also a hugely popular spectator sport.

Armed police stormed the home of a teenage Fortnite champion while he was live streaming a session after he fell victim to a "swatting" incident, where a prank caller alleged he had shot his father and tied up his mother.

Since winning the Fortnite tournament and walking away with an unbelievable $3 million (£2.4 million), Bugha has already faced hackers targeting his social media accounts - but this is the first (and hopefully only) time he's been swatted.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming "Fortnite" on Sunday evening with two friends when he suddenly left during a crucial end-of-match moment. "After securing the victory royale, Bizzle and Dubs worked out what had happened and joked that it was an 'okay excuse" to leave the game. They literally pulled up.

If you listen to the exchange carefully, you can hear Giersdorf ask his father with surprise, "I got swatted?"

Not only does swatting waste the resources of emergency services, it can and has resulted in serious injury and death.

Fortunately, Bugha returned unharmed to the stream several minutes later. It's risky; 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. The swatting originated from a dispute over Call of Duty, which Finch was not even involved in.

Gierdorf and his family are safe, but he was well aware the incident could just as easily have ended in tragedy.

Another person jokingly said, "Don't get swatted". "The internet is f-- insane".

Here's hoping the police track the swatter down.

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