Fortnite World Champ "Bugha" swatted during Sunday livestream

Yolanda Curtis
August 13, 2019

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf holds his trophy after winning the Fortnite World Cup Finals.

After Bizzle clutched up and won the game, he and Dubs were trying to figure out what happened to Bugha.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, the recently crowned 16-year-old Fortnite World Cup champion, was swatted yesterday while streaming on Twitch.

"I've been swatted", Bugha said on the live stream. which, BTW, is a dumb trend when someone makes a fake claim on a 911 call to get law enforcement to crash an unsuspecting victim's home. In this case, it appears that one or more people reported a crime at Giersdorf's parents' home where he lives as well.

It is not known what the swatter told police when they made their false report.

If you're not aware of the term, "swatting" is the term for the rather vicious and risky act of actually calling the police on a streamer while they're playing a game live - usually with some terrifying made-up accusation that causes the cops to turn up in force and highly armed. "They come in with guns, bro", he explains.

"That's scary. What if I had just got popped?" Albert Werner told ESPN that the police department received a call from a person pretending to be Giersdorf.

In March, Los Angeles resident Tyler Barriss was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a 2017 swatting incident in Witchita, Kansas, that left a 28-year-old father of two dead after he was shot by a police officer.

Fortunately, one of the officers who arrived at Bugha's house lived in the area and recognized the video game prodigy, averting any potential disaster.

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