A little over a week after Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was dubbed the Fortnite World Champ, the 16-year-old pro-gamer proved that he might actually be the GOAT when it comes to Fortnite. Kyle leaves the stream leaving his team mates questioning where he went, but after 10 minutes he returns.
"They come in with guns, bro", Bugha said. "They literally pulled up", Giersdorf said.
Swattings are such a menace because, aside from the time and resources being wasted, they can also be incredibly risky. He said that luckily one of the responding officers lived in his neighborhood and knew the family. Giersdorf's father answered the phone when police called and eventually walked outside as a tactical team surrounded the home.
Finch had recently moved into the home that was previously occupied by the intended victim of the "swatting".
"I've been swatted", he said. The caller told police he had killed his father, shooting him multiple times, and tied up his mother in the garage.
Swatting has become an infamous form of harassment in the gaming community, and as yet there are no federal laws specifically banning it in the US. "That's scary. The internet's f-- insane".
Police told ESPN that they believed the call came from Europe but did not provide any other details on the suspected "swatter". 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.
In March, a 26-year-old Los Angeles man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for taking part in such a hoax, which he staged as retaliation for a loss in a game of Call of Duty.
Adeline Finch, 18, who was there when police raided the Finch household, died by suicide just over one year after witnessing her uncle's death, the Wichita Eagle reported. Authorities say an OH gamer recruited Barriss to "swat" a Wichita gamer, but that the address they used was old, leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the video game or the dispute.